I was cleaning out one of the bookcases this morning and found one of my mom's old books called "Personality Unlimited" The Beauty Blue Book, by Veronica Dengel, copyright 1943.
This book covers everything from proper attire and beauty care to the proper gloves to wear.
Chapter 15 has the interesting title of Grooming the Thoroughbred.
One of the topics it discusses is choosing the proper brassiere and corset. (When is the last time you hears those words?)
Here's an excerpt:
" If your figure is overweight, you must wear your girdle or corset all day and every day. Without it, your figure will spread as you grow older."
Oh dear, so that's what happened to my figure.
My mom actually believed this, and wore her boned, one- piece corset every day for as long as I can remember.
I remember looking at this book when I was a teenager, and trying to do some of the exercises. They are funny today, but must have been the latest thing in the '40s.
Ladies, now grip the top of the door and stretch and pull and kick. :)... Now call the carpenter to repair the door...
Now it's bicycle time... huff, puff...
I noticed some of the pages had a little check mark at the top. They must have been some of Mom's favorite exercises.
...careful that you don't turn over in the chair...
... and from the straight chair to the rocking chair...
...now on the bench...
... now hit the shower. Love that beachy wallpaper?
Careful now, last one. Don't slip. (I think I'd try this one outside the tub.)
Mind you, I'M NOT RECOMMENDING ANY OF THESE EXERCISES OR CORSET WEARING!! :(
But, I got such a giggle reading parts of this book, I wanted to share them with you for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
I know this isn't the usual Vintage Inspiration, but I hope you enjoyed it. See you at Debra's Common Ground party.