I agree that #8 is less about appearance than about character and courtesy. If there’s a difference between the two lists, I think it’s a vague feeling that boys were out in the world (whatever a boy’s world was), while the girls’ rules feel more domestic, somehow. Not entirely, not strongly, just vaguely.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 10, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
i think these are pretty sweet, myself.
but … artisticness? is that a word? maybe artistry?
I was interested to see that 3 items on the boys’ list (#3, 4, 8 ) are boy-specific even now, while none of the items on the girls’ list are really girl-specific. (Depending on how you interpret “lovely” in #8, I suppose.)
I read these to my kids last night. I can’t see the images at my office, but I don’t recall seeing instruction for the boys to pick up their clothes. In my house, the boys’ rooms are messy with toys and some clothes; my daughter’s room is messy too but just with her clothes.
I wear hats. And my kids (lovingly) make fun of me for it. I think they have rhyme they say when they see a man wearing a hat (baseball caps excepted).
That pretty much sums up why history fascinates me so — I seem to be constantly surprised, and that surprise doesn’t depend on whether the past is very like the present, or very unlike. In either case, who woulda thought?
Comment by Ardis Parshall — June 11, 2009 @ 10:06 am
Yes, I would frame this and hang it in my house- it’s charming. But then, I already have old ads and whatnot framed… as well as photos I pick up at tag-sales of people who I will never know. I just love them.