August 26, 2009

Your Wonderful House...

I found this book in the antique mall in Kewaskum, WI last week. I was intrigued by the cover...and then fell in love with the images and thoughts inside. The title is "Yourself And Your House Wonderful" by H.A. Guerber © 1913 in Great Britain. It was also reprinted in the United States and Canada.

This appears on the inside page: "Dedicated to all children with many hopes that this book will help to make them strong and happy".

The copy reflects life from an earlier time. It's a young person's guide to their body (referred to as their "little house") and how to conduct their life. It is filled with the wonderful naivete' that is sadly, long-gone. Wouldn't you love to be able to recapture some of this innocence lost? People living in this genteel day would faint dead away to see some of our current television commercials, how some people think, speak or dress today. I can practically hear their "Oh, my"s in my mind.

You can click on the photograph of the cover to link to more images and thoughts to be found in this book. I hope you'll go and check them out. I'd love to hear what you think about them. I'm sure that I'll be scanning some of these images as backgrounds for future projects.

7 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Barbara said...

Wow, great book, I can understand why you bought it. Donna it is nice to meet you and I hope you will come often to my blog, I love to hear from you.


Jane said...

I loved taking a peek at the pages in the book. Beautiful drawings of what I imagine to be a simpler time (although airing out the bed clothes on a daily basis doesn't sound too simple to me!!) Thanks for sharing your book.

Diva Kreszl said...

What a delightful treasure you found! Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Donna!
That's a great treasure you found. And yes, it definitely reflects a different time. My husband and I are always shaking our heads at some of the things we see going on in the world today. And we are sure that our parents and their parents before them did the same thing. Does that make us old??? I don't know. Everything always changes doesn't it? (And not always for the better)

My Desert Cottage

Cindy said...

A real treasure, be sure and keep it.

Cindy said...

I just looked at you ATC received. It looks so fun. I love the one from Irland. The picture of the pincusion with the silver dangly sewing things.

Please tell me how all that works, how long have you been doing this, how do you find people to change with?

You were my firt and Desert Cottage (Karen Valentine) is going to be my second. I think I am in love with this.

Sharon said...

Hi Donna I left a message on my blog for you the other day and forgot to tell you. If you have time check it out. It is below my heart post. Sharon


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