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If at first you don't succeed

March 17th, 2008 at 07:43 pm

Walked with mom at Walmart

Finished reading the library book Stretching the Family Income by Robert and Helen Cissel. This book was written in 1953, but the attitudes are so familiar it is quite interesting that 50 years later people are still dicussing the same things. The rising cost of inflation, how real income doesn't keep up with prices. How saving small bits of money add up. How doing it yourself saves.

Speaking of which one of the chapter titles is "The Home Barbershop, If at first you don't succeed..." I love this. Then they go on to say, "While a little merthiolate will mend any surface cuts from misguided snips, only time will replace the patches of hair that should still be on the victim's head"

Very interesting read.

2 Responses to “If at first you don't succeed”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I've got a pip of an economy-attitude book circa 1937, from Bobbs-Merrill, Orchids on Your Budget, or Live Smartly On What You Have. However, it's aimed at the 1930s Vogue Magazine reader, so of course it's all "never let yourself go, at the cost of husbands and jobs" and "you simply MUST entertain, but do it with chic, exotic nibbles." Mostly it's about the urban single working woman or married woman with a recently displaced wage-earner male putting on a cheery exterior and a hat with a matching pair of gloves.

  2. seven of seven Says:

    I was at the local museum this weekend and saw a book from the 1940s on how to keep your appliances, clothes, furniture, etc., going during the war. Unfortunately, the book was behind a glass case, so I couldn't check out the tips.

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