Old text books are a fine way of visiting the past. Many have stock photos that are rich in cultural history. The following excerpts are from a Home Economics book Bay City Central was using for the 1993 – 1994 school year.
I suppose these units were designated to the classroom, as no one’s name is on the book plaque. One of the other purposes of book plaques of this particular nature is to list the condition of the book after use. Whomever used this book, whether it was one person or several, left it almost perfect. There are two discrepancies that stand out, however.
When I saw this page, I was fooled at first. I thought the lips on this page were some kind of little illustration. Then I grazed it with my fingers and was horrified. Someone had blotted their lips and the texture was lifted like braille, after all these years.
A nice shade of lipstick, anyway.
This was the other blemish. What is interesting about this one was something was whited out, then this message was written on top of it. Maybe they spelled “tarhok” wrong. But then, why white out the rest of it, too? I think someone whited out the original message and then the same person found their whited out message, and wrote it all over again. Maybe I am misreading this word, but I am sure it says tarhok. There is nothing in Urban Dictionary and Google offers nothing conclusive.
Wow! She sure does need a lot of oranges and eggs!
Nice flat top. Shopping and looking good.
I feel so guilty for shopping in sweats when I see someone like this.
What a nice array of drink boxes. I don’t see Capri Sun. This was before the country fell in love with the smooshy pack. There is Hi C. This picture was taken before Ecto Cooler painted the drink box aisle fluorescent green.
People could enjoy a large glass of milk without worrying about hormones and other questionable substances.
Men were not shy about showing off their legs at the beach back then.
It is important to get a doctor’s advice when changing your diet.
Reeboks are helping this gal to stay in shape.
Whoa, buddy, slow down!
A stylish gal takes advantage of a new method of cooking.
Refrigerators now offered drinking water. Imagine that.
We treat you right.
This is the kind of stuff Kmart sold back then. I would know.
The text described meat salesmen as very pushy. There are a lot of them in rotation right now. They seemed to have disappeared and then returned.
When I see this picture^, I think this is what she ate from:
Teddy Bears were big in fashion.
Here is my sister, Jen, in a Teddy Bear shirt.
Here is my sister, Jessica, in a nice pink Teddy Bear shirt. I, in the front, have Teddy Bears on my sweater. Micky Dolenz, of the Monkees, the third person in the picture, is probably admiring our Teddy Bears, but is not wearing any on that day.
Don’t worry, the Buffalo Bike Path Killer is behind bars.
Stay healthy and get enough sleep.
How can a ‘fridge entertain?
This is how, I guess!
Have it your way!
Taking the body fat test.
Food photography is a very real art.
Professionals photographed this Big Mac.
aht serious eats
A customer photographed this one. It is all in the lighting, you see.
This picture has a lot going on. Acid washed jeans and big bangs stand out the most to me. She has bangs like my cousin used to have:
Computers can help chefs in all sorts of ways.
The computer helps this Home Ec class out. I like those stripey jeans.
These foods are to be eaten sparingly. Someone has made a beautiful still life of them.
This is a vintage coffee machine.
This is a super vintage way of doing coffee, with a percolator.
Don’t fall and break your ass!
Milk does a body good.
I came across some of these little clay charms at Chuckie’s Flea Market. People used to pair them up with hemp a lot of the time. They were very trendy in the 90s. This one looks like the Raisin Bran Sun on acid.
He looks mean but you never know, he could be nice.
This is the Lion King on Ketamine.
This was at Chuckie’s, too.
Get a load of that. I wonder if they are having fun or profiting?
This was at Cat’s Meow in Essexville. This controversial piece of fiction was on the scene as late as 2001, if you can believe that.
The mirror on the cover of this book was metallic. It reminded me of when “you” was Time’s Person of the Year. This book was religious.
Finally, this. The cover art is just stupendous. It reminded me a lot of the school bus scene in Nightmare on Elm Street 2.