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

"Marvelous Meals with Minute Tapioca", General Foods 1930's

"Classic American Recipes for Preserves", Parowax, Standard Oil Company

Kerr "Modern Homemaker", 1943.  A nice use of the "Droste" effect on the cover in which we see the model holding the exact same magazine showing her holding the exact same magazine, ad infinitum.

Mrs. Kerr's "Modern Homemaker", 1947

"A New Way Every Day to Enjoy Iron", American Molasses Company, 1943

"My Party Book of Tested Chocolate Recipes", General Foods, 1938

"Downright Delicious Raisin Recipes", Sun-Maid Raisins, 1940's

"Easy Dishes That Hit the Spot for 2 or 4 or 6", Mary Lee Taylor, Pet Milk, 1950

"Make Mine with Marshmallows!", Marcia Camp, Angelus Campfire Company, 1939

"Approved Recipes for Making Jams-Jellies and Marmalades", Presto, 1930's

"Time-Saving Recipes For 2 or 4 or 6", Mary Lee Taylor, Pet Milk, 1949

"Prudence Pevely's Pantry", Pevely Dairy, 1939

"Casual Cooking", Reynolds Metal Compay, 1954

"Soup Cookery", Heinz, 1950's

"The New Banana", United Fruit Company, 1930's

"Bananas Take a Bow", Fruit Dispatch Company, 1950's

"Cooky Jar Favorites", General Electric, 1955

"Sour Cream: The Gourmet Touch to Everday Cooking", American Dairy Association, 1950's

"Cook-Out Recipes", Tomboy Stores 1960's

"Barbecuing Indoors and Out", A.C.L. Haase Company, 1950's

"New Recipes for Delicious Butterscotch Toll House Morsels", Nestle, 1960's

"Cookin' with Dr. Pepper", Dr. Pepper Company, 1965

"7-Up Goes to a Party", The Seven-Up Company, 1961

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.


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.

" 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.

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