Thursday, May 31, 2012

All About Meat

"Meat is the center of the menu-the article of diet around which meals are planned, prepared and served. Meat is one of the most universally liked foods; and research has proved that meat supplies a large proportion of the food nutrients essential to good health. Because it is such an outstanding food, meat occupies an important place in the food budget."

Good Reading Rack Service, 1959 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Party Cookbook

"There are no set rules or formulas for successful entertaining. There are no firm traditions to be followed. There is one secret to success in entertaining, and it can be summed up in one word: hospitality." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1958

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The He-Man's Cookbook

"Like any star about to perform, set the scene and do a bit of rehearsing. Know your recipe thoroughly and run through it for the family before dazzling your guests. Have your props ready beforehand. Arrange ingredients, extra spices and utensils on a tray or board so that everything is within reach before you start. Ignore the kitchen as much as possible."

Good Reading Rack Service, 1956 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Have a Wonderful Time

"A lot of people tend to forget that a vacation is supposed to be a breather, a change, a time to recharge energies. It is a suspension of your ordinary way of living rather than something for which you suspend living. It cannot solve your problems, but it can help invigorate you so that you come back to them with a fresher perspective." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1954

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Offbeat Vacations at Low Cost

"Are you bored with the same old vacation year after year? Like most American families, you probably would like a change of pace - something "different" yet not expensive, a vacation that's fun yet refreshing and stimulating for everyone. In this booklet you'll find suggestions for low-budget vacations that may never have occurred to you." Feel Free-and-Easy on a Farm, Vacation on Foot, Family-Style Camping, How About a Canoe Trip, See America's Treasure Towns, For Adults Only: A Windjammer Cruise, America by Train, Try a Packaged Bus Tour, Rent-a-Trailer to Travel." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1958

Saturday, May 26, 2012

It's Fun to Plan Your Vacation

"Dinner's over, the dishes are done. Your family is sitting in the living room, wondering how to spend the evening. Unfortunately, you have to decide fast - because Junior's fingers have already developed a noticeable itch for the TV knob. Well, you're in luck. In fall and winter, and even in late spring, a great indoor sport can take the place of television. It offers the same romance, thrills, education and laughs. But it's twice as much fun because you do it yourself, not watch others do it. Vacation planning, of course." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1955

Friday, May 25, 2012

Family Boating Fun

"Family boating is fun. More than 10 million American families - some 30 million people - have made that great discovery over the past few years. In fact, boating has become the biggest participation recreation in the country, more popular than bowling, golf, tennis or any of th eother participation sports. Boating can be fun for your family, too. It has wonderful things to offer everyone in the family - a chance for dad to go fishing, for brother and sis to water ski, for mom to forget the humdrum, everyday household cares and spend relaxing moments on the water. It's a truly "family" recreation." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1959

Thursday, May 24, 2012

More Fun from Your Vacation

"In our attic the other day, I found a single sneaker still half full of beach sand. Looking for the other one, I dug a crumpled New England resort menu from a box of Southwestern gold ore. Memories came flooding back, and I sat down to enjoy them. For memories are the true yield of a good vacation."

A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Your New Vacation Guide

"What is the most important time of the year? If you're a normal, hard-working, red-blodded American, your answer will surely be, "Vacation time!" And right you are, because the annual holiday is your chance to turn day dreams into reality, to build up a precious new store of memories and to renew both body and spirit for a new year of breadwinning. Yes, a vacation is an important and treasured event for all of us, and it deserves to be handled with care."

The National Research Bureau Inc., 1959 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Have a Safe Vacation

"Had a hard winter? We're not talking about how cold it was, or how hard it was to get the car started back in January. Matter of fact, old-timers tell us that our winters aren't nearly as bad as they used to be, though most of us weren't around at the time to find out." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1955

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fishing in Freshwater

"Fishing is America's No. 1 participant sport. There are some thirty million fresh- and salt-water fishermen and fisherwomen in this country. Yet of this vast army of people, few really learn how to fish. To most of them, luck, pure and simple, is the controlling factor." 

Birk & Company, 1953

Sunday, May 20, 2012


"There's no thrill quite like the one you feel when a fish snaps at your lure. It starts when you're a youngster using a bamboo pole and a nightcrawler for bait. And it continues through adulthood and to the golden years, when you've amassed all sorts of fishing equipment and a craftiness superior to the smartest fish."

Good Reading Rack Service, 1960 

Saturday, May 19, 2012


"There's no end to the number of tricks and kinks the Compleat Angler needs to know. Aside from the arts and sciences of plotting a pond or river bottom to find the deep hot spots where fish are most likely to be; selecting the proper equipment for rising the various gamesters and lunkers; and knowing when to wade, when to troll and when to sit back in a skiff for some pleasant still fishing; there are hundreds of other bits of information that the angler needs to know if he's going to enjoy his sport to the fullest." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1958

Friday, May 18, 2012

Backyard Games

"To be happy yourself, and to have a happy family, is just about everybody's ideal. And to tell how you can be happy, by having fun right in your own backyard, is the purpose of this booklet. There are all sorts of games you can play in your backyard, lawn or driveway - almost anything from tiddly-winks to football! Too often, however, when a casual game session gets underway no one knows the rules of the game." 

Stevens Publications, 1954

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fun with Cards

"Just what there is about a pack of playing cards that makes it such a universal favorite among games is difficult to discover. Perhaps it is that there are several hundred different games that can be played with the same pack of cards - thus providing a wide range of selection and interest at very little cost for equipment. Or perhaps it is the variety of skills (memory, concentration) required...or the relaxation that playing cards offers...or the flexibility in the number of players that can be accommodated." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1956

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Golf Tips

Bill Gordon - The Friendly Grip 
Claude Harmon - Lining Up the Club Face
Mike Turnesa - The Relaxed Address
Peter Thomson - The Position of the Head
Ed Furgol - The Importance of Footwork
Tommy Armour - The Hands at the Top of the Backswing
Julius Boros - Staying Down Over the Shot
Chuck Congdon - The Follow-Through
Willie Hunter - Chipping from the Apron
Johnny Revolta - Hitting Down on the Chip
Cary Middlecoff - The Punch Shot
Joe Belfore - Executing the Trap Shot
Gene Andersen - Curing Shanking
Gene Littler - Waiting for the Club Head in Putting

Good Reading Rack Service, 1955

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to Cut Strokes Off Your Golf Score

"Golf, as the slogan of the National Golf Foundation points out, is "The Game of a Lifetime." Once you start playing golf, you'll more than likely play it for many years, perhaps for the rest of your life. Golf recognizes no age limit. In Washington, D.C., you will find Dr. Noah Pomeroy playing golf almost every day - at age 89." 

Employee Relations Inc., 1960

Monday, May 14, 2012

Improve Your Golf

"From the moment you walk off the 18th green - whether your score was 100, 90 or even 80 - you're in the grip of an insatiable urge to improve even more…to make par your servant instead of your master." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1959

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tommy Armour Tells You How to Play Your Best Golf

"Comparatively few golfers understand the circumstances that dictate use of the respective clubs. The governing principle is to use the club that will get the ball from tee to green in the easiest, surest manner." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1956

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How to Get Honest Appliance Repairs

"There are 375,000,000 electrical appliances in America's homes. About three-quarters of a million men earn a living installing, servicing and repairing these appliances, which are becoming progressively more complex as manufacturers attempt to make them more automatic and labor-saving. These machines, therefore, need more servicing and demand more training and skill of repairment, who in turn must charge high rates." 

A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959

Friday, May 11, 2012

Before You Call the TV Repairman

"Talk to any busy TV serviceman and he'll tell you that he makes many unneccessary calls. The repairs were simple, perhaps a minor adjustment or loose connection. The set owner could just as well have made them himself. The job may have taken the serviceman only a few minutes. But his fee must include traveling time, too. So far as the set owner is concerned, the charge is out of proportion to the service rendered. Because of this, it will pay you to become familiar with some of the more common trouble symptoms that ocur in a television receiver." 

Popular Science Publishing Co. Inc., 1957

Thursday, May 10, 2012

When Not To Do It Yourself

"A few months ago, in the heart of New York's do-it-yourself belt on suburban Long Island, Malcolm Brewer decided to install an attic fan in his new home. This job was a chinch, he thought, and he'd save the cost of an electrician. As it turned out, it cost Mr. Brewer his life. His hands wet with perspiration when he touched a live wire, he took the full force of the current and was electrocuted." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1955

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tips on Home Plumbing

"There is really nothing mysterious or difficult to understand about the plumbing in your house. In essence, it is simply a set of pipes that bring water into the house and another and larger set to carry water and waste material out to some form of disposal system." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1956

Monday, May 7, 2012

Magic with Unfinished Furniture

"If you've dimissed the big bargains that are to be had in unfinished furniture because it's cheap looking, hear this: By a few simple operations you may be able to give it the quality appearance you want, and make it real furniture for any room in the house. What's more, you can give it added features to improve its usefulness." 

A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959

Sunday, May 6, 2012

How-To Ideas on Home Remodeling

"I sure with we could do something about this house! But I don't know where to begin!" The place to begin is right where you're sitting. Before you can get practical help, you have to do a bit of armchair work yourself." 

A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tips for the Home Handyman

Includes how to make a patio chair, how to create a beach in your back yard, how to build a fence and ideas for upstairs. 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1955

Friday, May 4, 2012

So You're Going to Paint Your House!

"For the average individual the most important purchase he makes in a lifetime is his own home. Nothing is nearly so important to the protection of that major investment than proper paint maintenance. The time to begin such maintenance is as soon as the original paint shows signs of deterioration."

Good Reading Rack Service, no date 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

How to do Indoor Painting

"Is there a paint job that needs doing around your home? If so, you can groan and bear it, while deterioration continues at an accelerated pace. Or you can hire a professional to do the job. Or you can pitch in and do it yourself, with assurance of handsome results if you follow a few basic rules." 

Good Reading Rack Service, 1956

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How to Use Concrete Around the House

"There are many things you can make out of concrete without being and expert, and at very little cost. You will enjoy making them and get a big kick out of their home-made usefulness and performance." 

A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

75 Ideas for Neater Living

"Advantages of Neater Living: You save time. You save money. You save energy. Cleaning is easier." 

Alumni Offset Inc. and Richard Hall, 1953