When I traveled south in March I spent an afternoon at my grandparent's house in Hampton, South Carolina. They have a beautiful property with a pond, hammock, large garden, and chickens. And during the visit my Grandma offered me several books from her childhood.
I love how lived in the books are. This Bible Story Book (by Jane Eayre Fryer, published 1924) was signed as her favorite. It is filled with beautiful illustrations.
I also really enjoyed reading through Sharing Home Life. A Home Economics book from 1940, it highlights topics including recipes, sewing, and helping care for the house.
I found this illustration especially humorous. I'm not sure what my husband would say if I brought him a "neat and attractive tray" of food when he is sick! Especially one with flowers. I usually offer a big bowl of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup.
My grandparents' 3 children surely read through these, along with their 10 grandchildren, and 26 great-grands. I love that the binders are a worn from thorough reading (I promise to take good care of them!).
Do you collect any vintage books? I have a hard time walking away from a vintage children's book, especially one with illustrations!