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Vintage Language Textbook 1950s-60 Practical English & The Command of Words Mail-Away Text Book Complete in Binder

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Vintage language textbook binder.
Lovely vintage item. Amazing, in its own way. Large binder with textured blue leather or leather-like cover. Debossed words on the cover in elegant green script: "Practical English and The Command of Words". Inside are 48 weekly lessons on the command of the English language. Fascinating stuff. It looks like it was a subscription service, with each week bringing a new lesson to insert in the binder. It is notable that this was voluntary self-improvement learning, not a school textbook. Complete set of 48 lessons including self-testing inserts. Unmarked pages.

A near-magical item from a charming time when people considered better speaking to be a valid investment of time and money. Such a contrast to the "your a idoit" sentiments that can be observed online on a regular basis. Might be nice for an English teacher or home school, or anyone who really does know that certain things used to be better. Looking through this, I've gotten quite nostalgic for a time I didn't get to see. There was such a thing as The Better Speech Institute of America? (Publishers of this series).

I really can't say enough about this item. I wish I could include more pictures. If you are a "word person", this is just full of gems for you.

Lovely, very dated illustrations. This could also be a major source for decoupage and other crafts. Main page of book is dated 1960. Lessons are dated 1955-1958

In good condition. Some discoloration and creasing on some of the pages and a bit of dust and light wear around the edges. Pretty good for being over 50 years old.

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Vintage Language Textbook 1950s-60 Practical English & The Command of Words Mail-Away Text Book Complete in Binder


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