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31 Things We Learned From Laura Ingalls Wilder

For those who didn't grow up in America in the Olden Days, the Little House books were rife with fascinating information.

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9. Cutting your bangs at home is a good idea.

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Even if your mother refers to them as that "lunatic fringe", you can cut them yourself and curl them with a heated pencil. It'll soften your face.

27. Ditto corsets.

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Also: you should wear them when you sleep if you don't want to lose your figure (but don't mind not being able to breathe). And when you get married, your husband should be able to (as Pa did) span Ma's "waist with his two hands."

Illustrations by Garth Williams, Helen Sewell and Mildred Boyle.

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