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Too much chocolate and too little soap and water are the basic irritants.” Since I don’t eat too much junk food, I figured I’d have to concentrate on the washing.Cornell’s book details all the essentials a girl needs to know to be popular in the 1950s — from diet to clothing to being a proper hostess. Would a guide to becoming a popular teenager in mid-century America still be relevant to someone like myself — a 14-year-old high school freshman living on the Upper East Side in 2013? However, the first challenge was finding an actual copy of the book, which hasn’t been in print for decades.I finally tracked one down at the New York Public Library.Even though I felt very elegant, I did miss my jeans. I am a swimmer, so getting exercise is never an issue.I like to be fit and toned so that I feel healthy, but Betty suggests it’s more about looking like a model.
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