“Daddyo, what did our ancestors grow out of?”

Vintage Ad #859: Leisure Suit Sale at Sayvette

Vintage ad for leisure suits from Sayvette.

Overheard when passing by The Five-Year-Old’s bedroom while storytime was in progress.

The Five-Year-Old: “Daddyo, what did our ancestors grow out of?”

Father: “Oh, lots of things.” (slight pause, then…) “Leisure suits.”

(Image from jbcurio, whose Flickr photostream is a virtual goldmine of old-timey ads, and rather fun reading, if you like that sort of thing.)

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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