video wednesday: the home economics story

Hanna introduced me to this timely 1951 promotional video from Iowa State College just as I was reading Paul Goodman's Growing Up Absurd last week. It is an incredible snapshot of the way college attendance was presented to young women in the postwar period; watch to be bitter end for the senior year requirement to play house in preparation for "real life" for the full creepy effect. Almost as good as the marriage preparedness video I posted back in March.

Running time: 25:02 minutes.

UPDATE: Hanna chastised me for not including the mystery science theater version of this short, which is available via YouTube, so here are the links (it comes in two parts): part one and part two. Better late than never?

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