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Discover a Lovelier You

Here’s another swellorama thrift store find to share on flickr. The Nancy Taylor Course was a 1960 four volume self help manual on how to be a fashion model, or at least look like one. Each volume is printed on pale pink paper for maximum femininity, packed with advice on how to attain perfect posture (balance a book on your head!), social etiquette, hair and makeup, diet, even what kind of dainty toiletries to pack in one’s handbag. You know, in case you have one of those “not so fresh” days.

What really grabbed me about these are the illustrations, image after image of Barbie-esque ladies looking all elegant and chi-chi — and there’s a lot of them. The drawings appear to be by several artists, and they’re all so good that I’ve scanned several and placed them in their own flickr set. It contains 50 photos as of now, and that’s only covering the first volume. Some highlights below. Note the carefully positioned feet on the first woman:

Nancy Taylor - 1
Nancy Taylor - 2
Nancy Taylor - 3
Nancy Taylor - 4

2 Thoughts on “Discover a Lovelier You

  1. Totally retro-cool, Matt! I love the pose in the first picture. Very model-like! I also recognized it right away because there are several pictures of The Supremes (DMF) posing that way (i.e., the feet). I think it came from their classes with Mrs. Powell, the modeling school instructor. Anytime I wanna strike a quick “Supremes pose” that’s the first thing I do! LOL

    In the third pic… does she know she’s cutting up mud…? *g*

  2. Yeah Dan, that illustration reminded me of the Supremes, too! Guess standing in that weird contorted way was the height of elegance back then, huh?

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