I love Chest of Books, a site that features books that are in the public domain. This series of photographs from the Edwardian era illustrate that right and wrong way for a young girl to read, write, and sew. The advice still holds today – but why not include boys as well? The information comes from Every Woman’s Encyclopedia, 1910-1912.

Right (L) and Wrong (R) Way to Read, Edwardian Era, 1911

One suspects the little girl is more comfortable in the second shot, but her parents would not have approved of her legs twining themselves around the chair legs.

The Right and Wrong Way to Write, Edwardian Era, 1911

Slumped over, the little girl on the right presents the picture of inelegance.

The Right and Wrong Way to Sew

Her poor neck must feel a cramp after a long bout of sewing. Perhaps she needs glasses?

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