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Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
email: missabigail at missabigail dot com
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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 February, 2009

Birthday Chats with Tomorrow’s Man – a little family history

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Originally uploaded by Miss Abigail.

I recently had the pleasure of hearing from a woman named Robin, the granddaughter of Louis Le Claire Jones, author of the 1940 Birthday Chats with Tomorrow’s Man. She had done a Google search after finding a photocopy of her grandfather’s book and stumbled across this site. She writes “I’ve known for years that he had created this book for his sons Bob, Dick and Bill Jones (Bob was my Dad. Dick and Billy were my Uncles)… I never got to meet either of my Father’s folks. Daisy, his Mom, died while the sons were fairly young, and Louis died a few years before I was born in 1948. I can only assume that the dedication in the front of the book is referring to her….” She told me that he was a musician, as was Daisy. The book is illustrated with some cartoons, and we both wonder if Louis created these (she thinks he might have). She goes on to report: “Here is a fun bit of info for you: beneath the printer’s name in the front of the book, you will see Distributors: Richards and Williams 112 S. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL. Richard and William were my Dad’s younger brothers, and 112 S. Scoville is where they grew up!! I think Louis had a sense of humor.”

To get a taste of some of her grandfather’s advice, visit Tips for the Turned Down and The Nerve!

Thank you, Robin, for sharing this wonderful information! I love to hear from the families of authors of my books; if there are others of you out there, please get in touch.

New York Public Library Event of Interest

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Looks like this NYPL event could be fun for those interested in vintage craft books (of which I have a few). Too bad I have to work (and live 4 hours away)!