New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1928. First edition. Binding is very bright and clean. A bit of predation to tail edge and ten or so leaves. A very good, clean copy in the original dust jacket (very good, with just some chipping to edges and light toning) designed by illustrator Irving Politzer (1898 – 1971). Publisher’s blue cloth titled in yellow. Octavo. . xvi, 290 pp. Item #16789
The chapters in How Women Can Make Money are organized around the lifestyles of the women to whom their advice would be useful. The chapter titles include “If a Woman Suddenly Has to Support Herself,” “For the Elderly Woman Who Wants to Earn Money,” and “For the Woman Who is Physically Vigorous.” A more targeted chapter, “Opportunities in Radio,” explains how women could find employment at radio stations as musicians, on-air personalities, radio play writers and researchers, and voice actors for audio advertisements. Croy also describes how the professional environment of radio was shifting to welcome more women (pp. 84-85) and offers practical advice to disabled women who might not be able to visit a station for an in-person interview (p. 86). The introduction to the present work explains that Mae Belle Savell Croy (1886 – ?) was born in a small town near Pensacola, Florida and, at the age of seventeen, moved away from home alone to seek employment. She eventually moved to New York City to start her own advertising business, which marketed labor-saving appliances for the home. She was the author of manuals like Putnam’s Household Handbook (1916) and 1000 Things a Mother Should Know (1917), along with several handbooks on gardening including 1000 Hints on Vegetable Gardening (1917).
Croy was also married to the author Homer Croy (1883 – 1965), whose most popular novel, They Had to See Paris (1926), was adapted to the screen in 1929 and was the first sound film to feature the actor Will Rogers.