Sometimes I wonder how things like this little booklet survive. Published in 1923, the girl who originally owned it would now be in her hundreds. Was it put in a box, stored in an attic for people to find at an estate sale? And why was such a trivial bit of paper not thrown out years ago?
I should be glad that many people have a tendency to save things. If we all threw out everything that was not of use then a lot of our history would simply be lost. Of course 91 years ago children did not have the massive amounts of things that children have today. Even a little booklet, given free with the purchase of a pair of shoes, might be treasured.
The booklet is 48 pages of miscellaneous information, plus one page of advertising the sponsor’s goods. The styles shown are interesting because of the variety of Keds available for girls. I love the cross-strap Mary-Janes, and picture them in red canvas. And the third pair down is identical to a style that was made for boys. It’s good to know that they were also made for girls.
There is no rhyme or reason to the choice of entries in the booklet. These pages have games alongside chores and recipes.
I had no idea that 161 “girls” died in World War I.
The tiny illustrations on the cover show girls doing activities from the booklet. It looks like Keds are good for reading and cooking as well as for tennis and canoeing.