I did the two postcards below early in the week, as well. Now I'm working on a couple series. One features old black and white photos from one or two of those Time Magazine produced volumes on the decades of the 20th century. Another features illustrations from a 1960 edition of the Boy Scout Handbook. I also have a Girl Scout Handbook from the same year. There are some noticeable differences between the two scout manuals.
- The boy's book features a painting by Norman Rockwell on the cover; the girl's book sports a drawn insignia.
- The paper is higher quality in the boy's.
- The boy's book features color illustrations and drawings; the girl's has primitive line drawings.
- The boy's features a lot of cool old ads in the back, albeit many are for guns (what else?); whereas the girl's has no ads. Guess they didn't feel right putting in ads for things like washing machines and kitchen appliances.
- The boy's handbook, of course, is loaded with practical information about living in the world, being a good citizen, how to survive in the wild, orienteering, first aid, etc. (along with a bent toward godliness); whereas the girl's book focuses on home and hearth, including such basics as how to wash dishes properly, how to be a good conversationalist, how to sew, how to dance, and how to do arts and crafts.
- In other words, sexist tomes of their day.
And so it goes. Have a good weekend. xo