Saturday, July 03, 2004

Cool Book plus more!

This is a insightful book, about a mom with 10 kids, an alcoholic husband, and an inventive way to make ends meet. "The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio ; How my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less" chronicles a family's madcap adventures (hey, there's 10 kids, six of whom are boys!) and last-minute saves from eviction, hunger and destitution. It's a kick-in-the pants read!

The title takes to you the author's website just for this book! "Tuff" (so named because she took on more neighborhood bullies than all the other kids), the 6th of Evelyn Ryan's kids, wrote the book several years ago, but it's taken on a life of it's own. It really captures the 1950's/1960's era very well, especially the campy sales jingles used in magazines and radio. Even guys will like this book, it's too funny to put down!

See below some links to 1950's fashions and curiousities:
Pattern images and explanations

Magazine art and links

Links to Burma Shave slogans, Everything Elvis, TV show Trivia and more!

Vintage hair fashions, (need to scroll down for 1950's images, starts with 1920's)

1950's Furniture link

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