For our 200th anniversary, we combed our archives to find the most interesting tips, advice, and articles from yesteryear and included them in a 16-page special section. It features gems like this one:
How To Be Handsome
From the 1871 Farmers’ Almanac
Most people would like to be handsome. Nobody denies the greater power which any person may have who has a good face and who attracts you by good looks, even before a word has been spoken. And we see all sorts of devices in men and women to improve their good looks—paints and washes, and all kinds of cosmetics, including a plentiful anointing with dirty hair oil.
Now, not everyone can have good features. They are as God made them; but almost anyone can look well, especially with good health. It is hard to give rules in a very short space, but in brief, these will do.
Keep clean. Wash freely and universally with cold water. All the skin wants is leave to act freely, and it will take care of itself. Its thousands of air-holes must not be plugged up.
Eat regularly and simply. The stomach can no more work all the time, night and day than a horse; it must have regular work and regular rest.
Good teeth are a help to good looks. Brush them with a soft brush, especially at night. Go to bed with the teeth clean. Of course, to have white teeth, it is needful to let tobacco alone. Every woman knows that. And any powder or wash for the teeth should be very simple. Acids may whiten the teeth, but they take off the enamel or injure it.
Sleep in a cool room, in pure air. No one can have a clear skin who breathes bad air. But more than all, in order to look well, wake up the mind and soul.
When the mind is awake, the dull, sleepy look passes away from the eyes. I do not know that the brain expands, but it seems to. Think, read, not trashy novels, but books that have something in them. Talk with people who know something; hear lectures, and learn by them.
This is one good of preaching. A man thinks, and works, and tells us the result. And if we listen, and hear, and understand, the mind and soul are worked up.
Men say they can’t afford books, and sometimes they don’t even pay for their newspaper. In that case, it does them little good; they must feel so meanwhile they are reading it.
But men can afford what they really choose. If all the money spent in self-indulgence, in hurtful indulgence, was spent in books, in self-improvement, we should see a change. Men would grow handsome, and women too. The soul would shine out through the eyes. We were not meant to be mere animals.
Let us have books and read them, and lectures and hear them, and sermons and heed them.