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Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
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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!


1946: The Care of the Skin

It’s gosh darn hot here in the District of Columbia area! But that’s nothing new. Take a look at this post from the pre-blog days of Miss Abigail: The Care of the Skin from a 1946 book titled Youth, Sex, and Life, written by Gladys Cox.

A brief excerpt to tempt you to click on that link: “The sweat contains certain waste products… and these are left upon the skin; the surface of the skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells, like leaves falling from trees in early autumn: the skin secretes, in addition to the sweat, a greasy material which keeps it waterproof. On the surface of the skin, then, there collects a mixture of sweat, grease, dead cells, together with dirt…”

Eww. I think I need a shower.

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