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Party’s Over

The Betty Betz Party Book: The Teen-Age Guide to Social Success
Betz
1947

Submitter: After thumbing through this book, I understood why our library has held on to it all these years. It’s absolutely essential for all teenagers who are preparing to throw a swell shindig like the ones Betty Betz describes. She instructs teenagers on such topics as:

– What to wear. (“Always be sure that your dresses are at least an inch or so below the knee, because it’s always embarrassing to have a few cards wisecracking about your peekaboo knees.”)

– Who to invite. (“If you have singles, be sure that they can be paired off suitably. And don’t forget to consider such things as height, looks and IQ.”)

– What food to serve. (“Exotic foods are fine if your friends are making a point of going to an East Indian tea room or a Pizzeria, but if you’re dishing it up, it’s best to be strictly homespun.”)

– What songs to sing. (“Nothing lets the hair down faster in a mixed group than a few peppy songs.” Such as “Shoo Fly,” “Buffalo Gals,” “Johnny Get Your Hoe-Cake Done,” and “Good-Night Ladies.”)

– What games to play. (“Each girl…takes off her right shoe, and puts it in a bag. All the bags are collected and put in a laundry basket. Each boy selects one of the packages. The girls are all seated in a line against the wall, and it’s up to the men to find the owners of the shoes. When this is done, they are all off in a swirl of swoony music, and woe unto the ‘dolly with the hole in her stockin’!'” )

Young Living cover

Home Ec-50’s style

Young Living
Clayton
1959

This could be a fun book to browse…at a museum or archive of some sort. Sadly, there are quite a few public libraries listed in WorldCat that still have this book on their shelves.

I love the page that this submitter scanned from the book. Now there’s some sweet decor and fashion! I am impressed that they had an automatic dishwasher, though.

Guide for Young Homemakers

It’s all about the homemaking

Good Housekeeping’s Guide for Young Homemakers
William Laas, ed.
1966

The forward of this book sort of says it all: “Homemaker–no other word in the language so precisely suggests what a young married woman is expected to do.”   Actually this is an interesting book and kind of household ‘how-to’ encyclopedia.  There are several pages on ironing and laundry.  Caring for furs is another large article.