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 April, 2010

Transition away from Blogger

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Blogger is shutting off FTP publishing on May 1, which is how I post to this blog, so over the next few weeks I will be transitioning to WordPress. If all goes well I will entirely republish all of MissAbigail.com using WordPress. It’s a little embarrassing but I’ve sort of lost track over the years of how to update the regular old HTML pages on this site (other than this blog), so this will be a good thing.

But there may be some bumps in the road as I transition. Apologies in advance. As that gets sorted out, please do visit me over on Facebook.

Miss Abigail’s Guide

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Hey, look at what the producer just launched:


1933: The Question of Nudism

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Here is a little insight to how I pick the classic advice quotes to share with you. It is incredibly scientific and thought out process, as you shall see.

This week, in the Washington, D.C. area, we hit 90+ degrees for a few days straight, sending shockwaves into our gardens and bodies ~ after all, it was only a mere two months ago when a few feet of snow blanketed this region.

So I think, “Oh, it’s stinkin’ hot out, let me find a quote on perspiration or dressing in cooler weather, to share with my lovely readers.” I poke around in some beauty and health books, and find something that was okay, but a little long to type. So I keep looking, and instead come across this paragraph in a book called The Truth About Beauty, written in 1933 by J. Howard Crum. This seemed way more fun than perspiration. It’s sort of related to the heat (ie. stripping off your clothes to get some relief), wouldn’t you agree?

The question of nudism may be in the minds of some of our readers. As a therapeutic agent we believe in it, but as a beautifying agent it has little to recommend it. We believe that nudism is bound to increase when the public adopts a more lenient attitude toward it. Ten years ago one would have been promptly arrested for appearing on the beach in a suit that might be considered modest today. Personally, we think hoop-skirts and pantalettes about the most immodest clothing women ever had to endure. We wish it were possible for us to spend a month every year in a nudist camp, for we know it would do us untold good and fill us with an energy and vitality that are almost impossible to gain in any other way. We have not had the opportunity of really living the nudist life, owing to lack of opportunity and possibly to false modesty; but we do believe in it ~ and who can tell what we may be doing ten years hence?