Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Your Guide To Glamor, 1957
I was just perusing Eleanore King's Guide to Glamor, Beauty, Poise and Charm in a Few Minutes A Day. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Illustrated by M.Pittman Moody, 1957.
It's the most fun I've had reading in a while. It's helpful, yet demeaning tone helps us remember " 'Survival of the Fittest' prevails in the competition for social favor". So you'd better look your best! It's a feminist's nightmare. It's also a wealth of real vintage fashion and beauty tips for those retro sticklers. ...and I think it's just plain neat to see how much the world has changed. ...and how much hasn't!
At first it's almost offensive to read "The little matters of personal attractiveness...mean the difference between riches and poverty...marriage and spinsterhood". but you know it's true. That's why we continue to pluck, shave, wax, and all manner of painful things. Let's face it, no one wants to give a job to the stinky kid. If nothing else, you feel better, and it changes your attitude, like the afterglow of a new haircut. You feel together, more confident, you find yourself trying to think of more errands to run because a good hair day like this should not be wasted at home doing laundry.
Don't we all need to work on our "personal effectiveness"? Miss King used to teach classes in Air Hostess Training back when you could call them stewardesses instead of flight attendants, and airline uniforms were at the height of fashion.
These sellers know what I'm talkin' 'bout...
...and that was just the forward.