Friday, November 19, 2010


I found these many years ago outside of a high school in Manhattan.  The school was being updated, and on the curb was a vast quantity of beautiful old oak furniture, metal cabinets and out-dated teaching materials.  Peering over the edge of a dumpster, I was in heaven.

Each of these little cans contains a home economics film strip from the 1950's or 60's with many useful tips on how to cook, clean, sew and look good while you're doing it.  Many of them are thinly veiled ads that might as well be called "Brand Name presents: How To Use Our Product."  Most are wonderfully illustrated, but a few use some classic photography.  I don't have the audio cassettes that went with them, but they are very entertaining to look at.  I should probably watch this one:

But, as I'm currently in the habit of avoiding laundry, I'll move on to another gem.  And, yes, right next to the filmstrips I found this projector.  And an extra bulb.

The following are from Noxema and Covergirl present 'A Winning Complexion.'  After showing photos of the teenagers that were selected to be the next Covergirls, the film advises you about the three things that determine if you will also become a winner:

If you like these, I have more to show you, but for now this will have to be:


  1. Love 'em!

    I grew up in the 70's and must have seen some of these because I recognize the eagle head and THE END. I can smell the heat from the projector and hear the *beep* of the audio signal to go to the next picture.

  2. You are truly a woman after my own heart. I am a teacher and I often check school dumpsters at the end and beginning of the year. It's shocking what is thrown out. My jealous is exploding though at your TREASURE. "More, more, more said the baby!"


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