The Unexpected Suburbs
Last week, while researching the lovely vintage gem The Little Golden Book of Words, I came upon another out-of-print treasure: How People Live In The Suburbs (UK; public library) by Muriel Stanek, originally published in 1970 as an educational supplement teaching primary school children about the basics of social studies.
What’s so unexpected? Well, except for the cover and this shot:
… there are no pictures of cars.
Everyone, it seems, when the suburbs were first idealized and portrayed, got around on foot, bicycle and transit. Like this:
No wonder there aren’t any pictures – or expectations – of overweight and obese children.