Personality: How to Exert It (1915)

“Personality is defined as the qualities or characteristics, personal traits or attributes peculiar to some individual. Specifically, it is that quality which sustains poise through self-control in the face of propitious or unpropitious circumstances,” asserts the preface of H. Laurent’s Personality: How to Build It, which I picked up in Austin last weekend. Do you […]

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Invitation for a Drive (1891)

I’ve got this pretty beat up book from 1891 called The Business Manual; A Complete Guide in all Mercantile and Legal Transactions and Reference Book for Every Day Use (well used during it’s time, I presume). It covers a wide variety of topics, from how to measure coal, to how to make an ice chest. […]

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“P P” Card

Time for another Fun Card! Here’s one that might come in handy if you’re going on a long road trip this three-day February weekend. Instead of whining, “but dad! I gotta gooooooo!!!!!” just follow the instructions here to alert your driver of the urgency of the matter.

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Looking for Glove Etiquette or Info on the Sears Discovery Charm School?

With the site redesign, I had to completely redo how my old advice pages were displaying. They are now all blog posts. Two popular posts from the old site are now in new locations. If you are looking for glove etiquette, it’s here: http://www.missabigail.com/advice/beauty-and-charm/2010/08/glove-etiquette/ And the one on the Sears charm school is here: http://www.missabigail.com/news/2008/01/sears-discovery-charm-school-ring-any-bells/ […]

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Summertime Hints

Founded in 1868 by J. R. Watkins, the Watkins Company, as evidenced in their company history, was a pioneer in natural products to cure, clean, cook with, drink, and kill insects with. Elaine Allen, Director of Home Economics at the company, put together the 1941 book Watkins Household Hints which I perused this morning to find some random […]

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