Charm and Poise. Get yours at

I am totally addicted to the pursuit of gracious living. To that end, I collect cookbooks, etiquette guides, marriage manuals, health and beauty advice books, decorating and craft guides, modeling manuals, cocktail recipe books, entertaining guides, and any and all housewife ephemera from the 1950s through the early 1970s. Oh. Also: teen ephemera (anything from dating books to yearbooks), aprons, serving trays, tv trays, ugly paintings, and cat figurines. I think that about covers it!

Have I told you about my addiction to certain classic male movie stars? Sal Mineo, Dirk Bogarde, and Tab Hunter are my favorites!

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    herecomesthesky says:

    "Love your photostream! ♥

    It keeps me entertained! Especially all the food ads. It could take me up to 20 minutes to find out 1 ingredient, and that is an accomplishment..."

    July 1st, 2008

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    Dania Hurley says:

    "Miss Sharon is sweet, funny, and damn smart! Check out her posts everyday and like Bill Cosby once said, "if you're not careful, you may learn something before it's done!" But not without having laughed your hinder off."

    May 12th, 2008

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    carson.a says:

    "If the regulars at the Algonquin Round Table had a mid-century supper buffet to snack from, this is what they would be talking about."

    April 16th, 2008

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    Paula Wirth says:

    "Truly fabulous. The Art of Gracious Living is alive and well once more. Kids, listen up and follow her lead. Sit up straight, and for god's sake, learn some manners. Or at least, which fork is which."

    September 10th, 2007

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    Cytosue says:

    "Get ready for some side splitting laughs! Looking at all of Charm & Poise's great vintage stuff brings back memories for us boomers. The comments bantered about keep me up laughing way past my bedtime! She & her fellow cohorts are hilarious!"

    September 8th, 2007

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    John McNab says:

    "Charm and Poise has introduced me to a whole new world of disgusting food. For this, I am forever in her debt."

    July 17th, 2007

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    sweetnseattle says:

    "miss sharon's collection makes me happy! viewing her photostream is a pleasure and a hoot! :D fav, fav and fav!"

    March 10th, 2007

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    Gatochy says:

    "It's always great to visit this photo stream! Genuinely beautiful vintage advertising, and the comments are so much fun to read."

    January 1st, 2007

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    disco*dollies says:

    "Charm and Poise has an amazing amount of cool stuff. Her collection of retro ads and pictures is amazing, and she has a wonderful, witty sense of humor to boot! One of my favorite Flickr people."

    August 13th, 2006

March 2006
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