Sunday, March 29, 2015

Corporate Cooking

One item I commonly find at garage and estate sales are the old recipe booklets that various companies, food industries and occasionally the local utility company would publish.  They were either mailed or included with the product itself at the point of purchase.  I don't know why people hung onto these, but I'm glad they did because I love them.  I came across a cache of these at a sale this weekend.  I'll go into depth with some of these at a later date.

"Good Cooking made Easy", Spry Vegetable Shortening, 1942

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In League with the Future

Back in August, I featured some 35mm slides I'd bought at the estate sale of a former Credit Union employee.  Those slides were about the year 2000 and what wonders it would hold for Credit Unions.  I was going through more of that lot of slides last week and found another set with a similar theme.  They're from a series called "In League with the Future".  Unfortunately, I don't have the record or script that goes with it, but it's pretty obvious it's about moving away from cash transactions to credit and how computers will enhance the way we pay our bills and buy goods and services.  If you didn't know that, you might think it was a science fiction story about a totalitarian world ruled by computers.  It's from about 1968 and has a definite 2001: Space Odyssey feel to it.  As a side note, unfortunately these slides have suffered the dreaded "red shift" that afflicts film of this era.  It's actually caused by the cyan dye in the film fading quicker than the yellow and magenta dyes.  If I had some better software (or knew how to use what I have), I think I could correct the color.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shrimps and Weenies

The 1950's may be the best decade in history for home kitchens.  With new materials, new innovations and high demand, there seemed to be an appliance to fit every need.

Enter, the Shrimpmaster.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

24 Tails of Brown

"Pin the Tail on the Donkey" is the quintessential children's party game that I'm not even sure anyone plays anymore. In fact, I don't recall ever playing it when I was a kid.  I knew it from TV shows.  I found this "Donkey Party Game" at a sale this morning.


 
The boy is either really into this, or completely horrified by it.


This donkey has an awfully smug look on his face for someone who's about to get a pin his butt.

  


There was a vintage box of straight pins included.


THE HORROR!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Children's Birthday Party Games

This book of children's party games was published by the Leister Game Company who are still in business producing the same types of books.


Novelty gardening gloves, lighters, desk plaques.  All fabulous prizes for a children's party.


"...by inhaling through his straw (like taking a good drag on a chocolate soda) and pass it on to the next child..."  Perhaps not the best habits to be teaching our children.




A bunch of germy kids blowing and spitting in each others' faces.  What could go wrong?

Nothing kids love better at parties than practicing Arithmetic.


Again,  #3 "Who Is It" sounds like a germ-fest.


I don't think I could stand the excitement of #9.  And isn't #13 just a rip-off of "I Spy"?

Kid in 2015: "What's a clothespin?" and "What's a fruit jar rubber?"


#25.  It's always a good idea to encourage children to use scissors as quickly as they can.

The biggest mistake I see is a soldier on leave wasting time playing checkers with his girl.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stamping Out High Prices

My knowledge of the various grocery store redemption stamp schemes of the 1960's and 70's is limited to memories of these stamps scattered and unpasted in our pencil drawer growing up and that episode of the Brady Bunch where the boys battled the girls to determine who would get to redeem the books in a card-pyramid building showdown that nearly tore the entire family apart, Tiger included.  (spoiler alert, the girls won.  Double-spoiler alert, they decided to get something everyone could enjoy -- a color TV).

I found these book, un-redeemed, at an estate sale recently.  They are for "Worth Dollars", issued by a local St. Louis redemption stamp company, "Top Value" stamps, issued by a Dayton, Ohio company, and the most popular and oldest remeption stamps, S&H Green Stamps.  The graphics inside these books encouraging you to save stamps are really neat, but the styles vary so greatly, I wonder if they aren't clip art.  The other downside is, once the stamps are pasted in the books, you can no longer see the art; definitive "ephemera".









 The way you lick those stamps really turns me on.



































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