Back to School

Written by Donna Brandolisio

Heading off to college?  You might want to take a peek at this once helpful guide for women published in Philadelphia by the John C. Winston Company in 1949.


Off to College by Suzanne Gould Emerson provided young women with helpful advice.  “In this indispensable guide book she tells you how to handle both your money and your men … how to make friends at school … how to dress …”  Social life and dating seemed the key to college life for young women in 1949 as the dust jacket flap notes there is “sage advice both on study and different types of dates (plus techniques for getting dates!).”

Wishing everyone a happy, new school year!

The above image is part of the John C. Winston Company Book Jacket Album, Ms. Coll. 1409 here at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.  The album contains approximately seventy dust jackets spanning the years from 1947 to 1955 and covers several genres.


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