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What women should know about furniture.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love furniture. I’ve worked for several furniture brands throughout my career and I am an avid collector of all things mid-century. I’ve also blogged for over a decade. This, and Facebook, has allowed me to collect friends via the Internet from all over the globe.

Sometimes people I don’t know too well send me gifts. I do the same. This happened last week when a friend names Rob sent me a book called “What Every Woman Should Know About FURNITURE.” Written by Jeanne Judson in 1940, the book is mostly pictures of furniture styles of the day. And while half of the fun is the book’s camp title, there are some wonderful quotes I feel need to be shared like:

A house without books is a monstrosity. There should be at least one well-filled bookcase in the most lived-in room.

60 years later and I agree with Ms. Judson. Then she writes:

You should dress your home as you dress yourself, giving careful attention to your size, your age, your coloring and your personality. No overweight woman of fifty will let a salesman sell her a dress obviously designed for a slender girl of eighteen, no matter how fashionable the dress may be. She knows it is not correct for her.

Bingo, we have a winner.

Just as scrumptious as the book was the ripped-out Chicago Tribune page folded inside. From 1941, and depicting Lana Turner, the newspaper page featured a Marshall Fields ad. Also placed within the book’s pages was the business card of one Mrs. Cora Cooley, Antique Furniture, Marshall Field & Company. In his note to me in the package Rob wrote “Besides the story of the book I loved finding this business card and newspaper clipping. Who was Mrs. Cora Cooley? And did she advise the young women who wanted the pink bedroom suite to go another direction? These are the questions I ask myself -and can only answer with my imagination.”

I just hope someone else, 60 years from now, finds the book and the Tribune clipping and Mrs. Cooley’s card and now Rob’s note and smiles as big as I am smiling now, imagining an unimaginable time before today.