Back in the summer I became the curator of sorts (if you will) of several generations worth of family history material. Among my grandmother's things I found this large envelope.
I opened it to find this:
A Baby care manual published by The Parent's Institute, Inc. out of New York. (That really is a cute baby on the front cover!)
This is the table of contents of all the articles in the manual - articles that are not really that different from the magazines today. For example there is Caring for you newborn infant, This is the Way a Baby Grows, and Guard Against Children's Diseases. My favorite was the article on a new mother's schedule. According to the article, after caring for the baby and the home a new mother should have an hour of "free time" in which to entertain friends or do something for herself. Entertaining never crossed my mind in those "newborn days"!
Actually, this manual appears is in excellent condition. Almost untouched. I wonder if my grandmother even used it.