I had a relaxing weekend at Lake Anna (Virginia) and managed to pick up a few books along the way. First I stopped in Culpeper and visited my favorite book shop, Ace Books. It was there I found the following:
1) The Ethel Cotton Course in Conversation: The Fascinating New Way to Win Poise, Charm, Personality. Chicago/London: Conversation Studies, 1966 edition. This is a fabulous 12-part series, including booklets covering: Guiding Conversation, Overcoming Irritation, Too Tired to Talk? Humor in Conversation, Colorful Descriptions, and more.
2) Betz, Betty. Your Manners are Showing: The Handbook of Teen-age Know-How. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1946.
3) Rollin, Betty. I Thee Wed: A Collection of Marriage Vows, Past and Present, Here and There. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1961.
4) Lowry, E. B. and R. J. Lambert. Himself: Talks with Men Concerning Themselves. New York: Forbes & Company, 1917. I’ve got some others by Lowry, including Herself, so was excited to find this companion book.
5) Shaw, Adelaide. Etiquette for Everybody. New York: Homemaker’s Encyclopedia, 1952. Another in the wonderful Homemaker’s Encyclopedia series, edited by Miriam B. Reichl, of which I have a few…
6) Schwab, Charles M. Succeeding With What You Have. New York: The Century Co., 1917. A guide for the young business man, with a chapter devoted to “woman’s part in man’s success.” Hmm. Will have to read up on that!
7) Hanley, Jack. Let’s Make Mary: Being a Gentlemen’s Guide to Scientific Seduction in Eight Easy Lessons. New York: Phoenix Press, 1937. Ooh la la. This one looks a bit racy.
8) Cobb, Irwin S. and Mary Roberts Rinehart. Oh! Well! You Know How Women Are! and Isn’t That Just Like a Man!. New York, George H. Doran Company, 1920. This is one of those duel-sided books, one side written with the man’s point of view, the other with the woman’s (a flip is required to read the opposing view).
9) McDermott, John Francis. The Sex Problem in Modern Society: An Anthology. New York: The Modern Library, 1931. With essays by such greats as Havelock Ellis and Margaret Sanger.
And on an outing around Lake Anna, I picked up these:
Peters, Lulu Hunt. Diet and Health with Key to the Calories. Chicago: The Reilly and Lee Company, 1918. With illustrations by “the author’s small nephew Dawson Hunt Perkins the little rascal.” Mom found this one in a little country store. Thanks, mom!
And some pamphlets found in a fun antiques/junk shop that I’ve already forgotten the name of:
-Revlon’s Fashions in Hands, a “hand stylist’s” delight from 1941
~Helps to Household Economy (1920s), compliments of “Putnam Fadeless Dyes” – this is cool, has instructions for “tied dyeing”
~Care of the Eyes (Met Life Insurance Company, n.d.)
~1003 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Living (1947)
~Highways of Happiness: A Cheeriodical (1933), published by the Jensen Bridge & Supply Co., Sandusky, Michigan. After reading the article titled “Through the Ages with Pipe,” I’m happier already!