Who is Miss Abigail?

Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
email: missabigail at missabigail dot com
twitter: @DearMissAbigail

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Miss Abigail has a collection of over 1,000 classic advice books, spanning from 1822 to 1978 and covering a variety of topics, from love and romance to etiquette and charm. The collection sparked the idea for this site, then a book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which has inspired an Off-Broadway production of the same name!


Archive for November, 2007

1956: Are you in the know?

Monday, November 19th, 2007

I’ve been meaning to share this with you for some time, and finally had a moment to spare to scan in some photos that I know you’ll just love. A little pamphlet titled Are you in the know? was given to me by my sweetie a few months back. Here’s how part of the introduction reads:

“Want to make a fast exit from the department of utter confusion — about fashions, grooming, etiquette — poise and boys? That’s why this booklet was born. To help you over the hump — to that super-smooth dream cloud reserved for schoolebrities in the know.”

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, of Kleenex and Kotex fame, were the publishers of this handy gem. The booklet accompanied an ad campaign, which is described over at the Museum of Menstruation.

For your giggling pleasure, I’ve scanned a few favorite pages in… click on them for a larger image.

If you like this, you’ll enjoy my friend Lynn Peril’s essay from years ago called Growing Up and Liking It, also posted at the MUM site.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Flickr Fun

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

This set of scans of a 1960 home economics book are fun…

The flickr user that posted them (Millie Motts) has got a great little collection. Have a look-see of her other sets here.

Thanks Millie, whoever you are! I plan on spending a lot of time browsing…