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1940’s Window Treatments for Unusual Windows – 11 Ideas with Illustrations

1940’s Window Treatments for Unusual Windows – 11 Ideas with Illustrations

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By RetroRuth I am excited to bring you guys today’s post, because today we have more solutions for window treatments in your 1940’s home from Popular Home Decorations by Mary Davis Gillies.  Interesting or different window treatments always fascinate me, so I must say that I was very excited to…

The Graphic Wonder of Campbell’s Wonderful Ways With Soups

The Graphic Wonder of Campbell’s Wonderful Ways With Soups

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By RetroRuth By now, most of you know about my obsession with vintage cookbooks.  I collect them. I cook out of them. I blog about them here and on the Mid-Century Menu. Some of them are good, some hilarious, and some are disgusting. I have some of each kind. But…

Mid-Century Wild Cats from Bruno Frost

Mid-Century Wild Cats from Bruno Frost

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By RetroRuth Older books with great illustrations are some of my favorite finds at thrift stores and garage sales!  These wild cat  illustrations come from a Funk & Wagnall’s children’s dictionary that contained an excerpt from A Child’s Book of Jungle Animals by Bruno Frost.  If you can get your…

The Habits Of Highly Effective 1960’s Teens

The Habits Of Highly Effective 1960’s Teens

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By RetroRuth Do you ever feel like you are wasting your spare time? That you aren’t living up to your potential? Do you have a few extra hours in the day you are dying to use up? Well, we can help you with that! Your Home and You, a home…

How To Look Pretty At Your 1940’s Party

How To Look Pretty At Your 1940’s Party

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By RetroRuth I thought we could start this Monday off right with some condescending and belittling party advice from a 1940’s cookbook that we can never live up to. Remember your roles, people! No one wants to be welcomed into a party by a hag! Whew. It’s a good thing…

Be Careful In Florida

Be Careful In Florida

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By RetroRuth You know, I am really getting sick of all this winter.  Really, really sick of it.  I mean, come on, it is time for it to stop snowing in Michigan.  It has stopped snowing in other places. Like Florida.  In fact, a friend of mine went to Miami…

Pretty 1960’s Picture Book Illustrations

Pretty 1960’s Picture Book Illustrations

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By RetroRuth Here are some fun mid-century illustrations from a religious children’s book that reader Toni recently sent me.  I must say, I LOVE this little girl’s hair! Thanks, Toni! Here is the cover of a used book we just bought. It was publishes in 1969 and it’s a story…

Learn A Mid-Century Lesson – Stay Home When You Are Sick, Dummy

Learn A Mid-Century Lesson – Stay Home When You Are Sick, Dummy

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Thank god for Friday!  Today we are jumping into Science, Health, Safety 2, the awesome book I gave away last week to Wendy.  Today it has a valuable lesson for us, which some of us haven’t even learned as adults. Stay home when you are sick! As you can tell, the…

Learn Your Mid-Century Lesson – How To Tolerate Your Brothers and Sisters

Learn Your Mid-Century Lesson – How To Tolerate Your Brothers and Sisters

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Hi there, Kids! Today for the Mid-Century Lesson we have another important set of tips from Science Health Safety, the great 1957 children’s textbook that brought us Get Ready For School By Eating Your Prunes.  Today we have another good lesson from them.  Just as you have to force down…

Learn Your Mid-Century Lesson – Get Ready For School By Eating Prunes

Learn Your Mid-Century Lesson – Get Ready For School By Eating Prunes

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Welcome to this week’s lesson!  This cute lesson comes from Science, Health, Safety a grammer school textbook that was published in 1957, and meant to teach first graders through common sense.  I found it at our local Goodwill, and fell in love with the illustrations. I thought this would be…