In the days when a girl's worth was in her ability to be a successful wife / hostess, a book like this was invaluable. " An unrivaled self-educator for young people by T. Edward Hollenshed, B.I. , sold only by American Book & Bible House, Philadelphia, PA. Entered into the Library of Congress in 1901. ". In these pages, a woman could find the perfect entertainment outline for every occasion; excerpts of the most required readings of the day, even the proper education requirements for the children of the household. This copy is in fair condition only; it must have been well studied and used extensively. The hard board cover is faded red with an oval image of a beautiful woman dressed in a party frock with a flower in her hair. The cover writing is difficult to read, but the floral decorations framing the words and image are visible. The binding has loosened, but remains attached. After reviewing this book, I began to understand the older ladies traditions of my youth. The skits, the tableaux, the attention to detail, the recitations all made sense after learning what they and the generations before them learned as required behavior. I am glad to have had the chance of these insights as a result of this book. All this gave me a new respect for this less-than-perfect historical book.
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