Before Savage Love, there was Gay Head: Studies In Crap gets advice from You’re Asking Me?

Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from area basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.

You’re Asking Me?

Author: Gay Head

Publisher: TAB Books

Date: 1958

Discovered at: Merriam garage sale

The Cover Promises: That even in 1958 there was something odd about teenagers seeking advice from Gay Head.

Representative Quotes:

If you’re thinking of inviting your girl friend’s girl friend to the dance because you’d really like to go with her, and honestly believe that you can give her a good time, go ahead.” (page 66).

There are several deodorants, prepared especially for boys and men — with a good, clean, outdoorsy smell, which isn’t even remotely ‘sissy.'” (page 95)

Way back in the third-ever Study in Crap, your Crap Archivist scored a cheap laugh with a scan the teen-advice column “Ask Gay Head,” one of the many delights in 1955’s World Week magazine. After reading a full book by Ms. Head, I now appreciate that I was wrong to present her work as something inadvertently hilarious.

That isn’t to say I’m above presenting the innocent as filthy. Consider this 1938 cookbook.

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