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copyright 1950; Thomas Y. Crowell Company publishers, New York; hardbound in orange boards with blue lettering on spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.


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Belles on Their Toes is a 1950 autobiographical book written by the siblings Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. It is the follow-up to their book Cheaper by the Dozen (1948), which covered the period after Frank Gilbreth, Sr. died. It was adapted as a film in 1952.


The title is based on the line "Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes" in the nursery rhyme "Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross" and alludes to the marriages of the Gilbreth sisters: "It was apparent that in order to get rings on their fingers, belles would have to be on their toes."


Belles on Their Toes was written about the Gilbreth family after Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.'s death, and how they survived as their mother, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, continued the pioneering work in industrial engineering, time and motion studies, and industrial and organizational psychology she had shared with her husband. This book is also the first place where the absence of the second oldest child, Mary Gilbreth, is explained; she died of diphtheria in 1912, at age five.

BELLS ON THEIR TOES by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

SKU: BS241
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