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My Friends, and things I should remember about them: 1949

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“My Friends, and things I should Remember about them” Published in 1949 by Harold B. Lopaus – 50 cents @ Deseret

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In 1949, you were expected to keep track of the really important things like what your friends smoked, drank and read. Vital sizes for various intimate clothing items for your lady friends are also emphasized, although I'm not sure why you'd need 3 lines just for "Pajamas". There are 50 more pages just like this for entering data on your pals. Interestingly, despite being identical, they are individually numbered.

In 1949, you were expected to keep track of the really important things like what your friends smoked, drank and read. Vital sizes for various intimate clothing items for your lady friends are also emphasized, although I’m not sure why you’d need 3 lines just for “Pajamas”. There are 50 more pages just like this for entering data on your pals. Interestingly, despite being identical, they are individually numbered.

In the pack, there are some handy tips on writing letters for various social situations, and a few lists of birthstones and anniversary gifts. Quite handy!

In the pack, there are some handy tips on writing letters for various social situations, and a few lists of birthstones and anniversary gifts. Quite handy!

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Updated: May 30, 2014 — 11:42 am

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  1. You know, Ted, if they handed this book out to kids in primary schools, the world would be a better place in some ways. Thanks for posting this. The condolence letter/note examples are nicely composed, but yeah, I too can’t understand why you’d need three lines for pyjama sizes.

    1. Maybe tops, bottoms, and slippers? Night shirt? Brooks Brothers still makes them.

  2. And now we have the Internet! No need to remember, just let Facebook (or whatever social media site) take care of the details!

    OK, that said, how nice it was to receive a handwritten letter today from a colleague. Such missives should not be undervalued.

  3. This is what facebook COULD or SHOULD have been. It’s what I use it for, but is kind of hit and miss as to life events, depending on my friends’ settings. Also love the sample notes. I use an Emily Post book from 1946 for such reference material.

  4. This is such a cool thing. It would be wonderful to do a reprint. I would buy one in a second.

    1. well, the copy I have is un-marked. The previous owner apparently had no friends. You want this one?

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