Monday, January 21, 2013

A 1968 Children's Book About Money

If you're not familiar with it, check out Brain Pickings, a source for lots of interesting tidbits, including this one:

In 1968, at the peak of “the century of the self” and the consumerism of the Mad Men era, while Alan Watts was busy bringing Eastern philosophy to the West and trying to convince Americans to seek purpose beyond money, a primary school supplement titled How People Earn and Use Money (UK; public library) — from the same Social Studies Program series that gave us How People Live in the Suburbs and How We Use Maps and Globes — set out to explain to children the basics of economic theory and its implications for everyday life.

Ahh the innocence of it all. Funky illustrations, though!

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