Welcome to our brand new section on The Gatehouse. Each month we will pick out a vintage book, and basically tell you about it. Why? Because vintage books are awesome, and aside from being awesome, they tell us a little about the times that span the dieselpunk (and sometimes steampunk era if we luck out and find a book old enough) era and how people lived back then.
Our first book is no different. Whilst these days people interested in learning how to dance simply use YouTube as teacher when they can’t/don’t want to attend classes, in the pre-YouTube (and even internet) days, people read a book.
A book like “Dansen en hoe het te doen” by Tinne Van Aalst.
Now this book is in Dutch, but undoubtedly books like this were published in plenty of other languages. Aside from that, it is full of instructional drawings, so it’s still worth the time and fun to leaf through if you get the chance for those alone.
Will you learn how to dance from this book? Possibly, if you are very coordinated and can learn well from instructional drawings and written tutorials that accompagny them. If you’re a klutz like me, you probably benefit more from YouTube or actual classes, but it is still great to read/leaf through a book like this, so you can see how they did things then and which dances were popular in the day.
Want to find cool vintage books yourself? Try flea markets, thrift stores, second hand book stores or AntiqBook.