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WENDY WARD WAY [Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook]

WARD, Wendy [Montgomery Ward Incorporated]

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np: Montgomery Ward Incorporated, 1963. First Edition. Narrow folio. Olive-green cardstock covers, white plastic comb binding. Moderate scuffing and edgewear, light soil to boards and plastic spine. Occasional foxing to interior pages. Forms blank. Very good. (Item ID: 23634)

Charm school handbook for unfortunate girls of the early 1960s, by "Wendy Ward," phantom female avatar of the Montgomery Ward Corporation. Comprehensive guide to fixing one's face, body, hair, skin, posture, dress, expression, and soul, with the assistance of "your Wendy Ward consultant." From the introduction: "Someone has wisely said: "Girls are born--a woman is created." (That "someone" was, of course, Simone de Beauvoir, who perhaps did not have Montgomery Ward's sales needs in mind.) The department store continued to offer these courses to teens and younger girls throughout the '60s and well into the 1970s.Handbook highlights include smile exercises ("With your upper lip alone, try to touch the tip of your nose"), a grooming checklist ("I don't jingle when I move"), and rules for developing good taste ("Know what is bad about you and learn to disguise it"). Book includes several blank pages for personal notes, bodily measurements, and wardrobe inventories. With a checklist of the necessary "basics" (one regular girdle, one sports girdle; daytime gloves and formal white gloves; one string of pearls); a fashion personality quiz, with results to be interpreted by a counselor; a guide to make-up "Make-up was created...to help you make-up for something you don't have"); and instructions on faking sincerity to create a lovely, lilting speaking voice. The course comes to a close with an ominous chapter on What it Means to Be a Girl: "If you spend 85% of your time, or even 50% of your time in "Tom Boy" pursuits, entailing inherently masculine characteristics and attitudes, likely you will lose much of your feminine identity." A treasure-house of horrors.


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