Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wilton's Halloween

This Wilton Cake catalog from 1978 displays some of their Halloween-themed decorations.







I actually found #2 from above a few weeks ago.


I already had #7 from a previous sale.


Dewey McKinley Wilton was born in 1898 and became a candy maker at 15.  By the 1920's, he was an expert in pulled sugar decoration.  Having gained fame as a cake decorator for major hotels across the United States, he opened The Wilton School of Cake Decorating in 1929.  In 1954, he released "The Homemaker's Pictorial Encyclopedia of Modern Cake Decorating (a mouthful in more ways than one) and beginning in 1955 published a series of articles in McCall's magazine which lead to the opening of their cake decorating mail order catalog business in 1959. The catalog and classroom (and online) instruction courses continue today.

6 comments:

lady M said...

Love the cake with all the trick or treaters running from the ghost.

FrankO said...

shouldn't that one cake more correctly be called, "Peter, Peter, pumpkin ZOMG HELP IT'S EATING ME!!" ??"

Tom said...

That Jack O'Lantern *is* slurping that kid like a spaghetti noodle, isn't he?

Caffeinated Joe said...

I love these. My mom had this book and another, she was a cake decorator back then. I used to climb up on the washer, get these off the shelf and sit there and browse through them, over and over. Just loved looking at them. Thanks for the memories, dude. Happy Halloween!

Tom said...

You're welcome, Joe, and Happy Halloween to you!

Tom said...

By the way, I'll doing a post devoted to this catalog in an upcoming post.

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