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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!


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Some Things of Interest

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Gosh, summer has gotten away from me. Forgive me for my negligent posting schedule.

Anyway, here are a few things I stumbled across in my library-life that you might find fun and interesting:

First up, a new digital collection from Duke University Libraries:

AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials. Described as “a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s,” this archive is sure to provide you with some entertainment, you can explore to find health and beauty ads (the “for clearer skin, use Camey” song is now stuck in my head), as well as some great old food product ads. And possibly the first “Don’t squeeze the Charmin” commercial! #22 of the Charmin ads, described as “Doesn’t feature Mr Wipple. Wife is wearing hippie dress. Husband disapproves. Stockboys sing a song about tenderness” is great too. Can’t link directly, looks like you have to use iTunes to view them.

And item number two:

Fellow book lovers, especially those who love old pulp fiction books, will enjoy this artist’s work.

A few readings

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

I’m on a few archives-related listservs at work and stumbled across a couple of things this week that I thought readers of Miss Abigail might be interested in:

1) An article in the Guardian about the discovery of some historic papers showing how girls in the U.K. were educated, including “housewifery,” where the girls were taught to “test the freshness of eggs, remove stains such as ink, coffee and tar and arrange a home laundry.”

2) An interview with Daniel May, archivist at MetLife. I once corresponded with someone at the MetLife archives — might have been this guy. I own quite a few of the early health and home guides that they published (he talks about them in the interview). I wrote to ask a question and ended up providing him with some information they didn’t have! To see a bit of MetLife advice, visit He’s a Bust with Dust, which contains an excerpt from 1898 (I said when I originally posted this that it was their earliest, that could be what we corresponded about, can’t recall).