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Preparing for Baby in 1952

June 3, 2010

I have a new book and it will probably provide blog fodder for a few weeks: How to Care for Children, published in 1952 as part of the Homemakers Encyclopedia.

The entire encyclopedia consisted of:

  1. Decorating Handbook
  2. How to Care for Children
  3. Etiquette for Everybody
  4. The Hostess’s Complete Handbook
  5. Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
  6. Needlecraft for the Home
  7. Food-Buying and Meal Planning
  8. Housekeeping Made Simple
  9. Personal Beauty and Charm
  10. Home Repairs Simplified
  11. Hobbies for Everyone
  12. Fashion Sewing on a Budget

The used book store didn’t have the whole encyclopedia.  I do wonder about the Hobbies volume.  What hobbies might the encyclopedia cover besides needlecraft, gardening, sewing and cooking?

But I decided that of all the things that might interest me about the 50s, what interested me the most was child rearing.  How has the advice dispensed to new mothers changed and stayed the same over the last 50 plus years?

Do over the next few posts, I’ll be delving into that.  In the meantime, some humor.

From chapter one: The Art of Pregnancy.

The original title is “Let your husband take part in the preparations,” but I think we can do better than that.  Can you come up with a funnier caption?

There’s so much to work with here.  Is this some sort of parent preparation class?  Where are the expectant mothers?  Were parent preparation classes segregated in the 50s, sort of like sex ed is today?

Fire away with your new captions in the comments section!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2010 12:15 am

    I’ll go first to break the ice.

    “Satisfied that none of the nurses was watching, Dr. Jones prepared to show his students his new maneuver: the inverse, under-handed baby de-clogger.”


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