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May
17
2009

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I have been looking thru vintage publications today.  I will tell you why another time but for now I want to tell you what I have found.  Women have always been obsessed with their size.  And publications have always unrealistically (and rather cruelly) portrayed women by only showing that wasp-waisted mom icing a cake, that mom you know good and well will never take a bite of that lovely cake! Was it girdles?  Was it truly portion size?  Was it that there really wasnt fast food readily available?  Did they actually move more?  I don’t know, but I want that waist size.  Truly I do.  I want to wear a shirt waist dress and it be so incredibly fitted that if I eat a sandwich you will be able to tell! What I don’t want to do is starve or get a terminal illness to get it.  Yes, as a nation we have gotten fatter (there is no nice word for it) but also, no matter how small the average was…it was never small enough! So I think it is a losing battle! When I get through with this post I think I will have that last piece of cake I can see from where I am sitting.

Then some things are coming full circle.  Aprons for instance.  OH MY-I would say 8 out of 10 women in ads have on aprons.  The other two have on a bra.  Just a bra…lots of bra ads! But the aprons just jumped out at me. There are instructions and patterns to order. Ahhhh the good old days!  A 5 cent magazine with patterns for sale for the price of a stamp! This was a page from The American Family Magazine November 1952:

apronscan

I also saved this scan as a pdf if anyone wants a copy leave me a note. And the ads for sewing projects and ads for sewing machines.  Am I not buying the right magazines or are these no longer ad-worthy?

Here are just a few lines I have run across that make me smile…and grimace…

Family Circle June 1959 ~ Page 69 ~ an ad for Libby’s Tomato Juice.  Shows a couple hugging and looking over in a bassinet at a newborn…awwwww…then you read on.  If you are staying slim for him, you’ll be happy to know Libby’s Tomato Juice can make it easier…blah, blah, blah…

Same issue Page 71 ~ an ad for Diet Delight Bartlett Pears...the pears that make it fun to watch your weight!

Then there’s always the ever present ad for Lysol…for ‘feminine’ cleansing…NOT kidding.  YIKES!

And the ad for Lucky Strike cigarettes that show a darling girl with her prom dance card and a lit UNFILTERED cigarette! That could also explain the weight loss!

I will be uploading more stuff to share soon.  I should be doing laundry and other things but I sure got caught up in these lovely old magazines!

Last but not least, a recipe:

meatloaf


May
16
2009

Winner for Week Two of Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver

Congratulations Lura! Well done!

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Happy Baking Everyone! How about giving Week Three’s recipe a whirl?  Come on, you know you want to!

Have a great weekend!

May
15
2009

New Book = :)

Amazon.com and I have a wonderful relationship.  Many, MANY months, maybe even years ago now, I gave them my credit card number and when I find a new book I desperately need, I put it in my cart, hit the appropriate buttons and VOILA! In just a couple of days the book arrives ready for reading!  And I must confess, Amazon.co.uk and I have a similar relationship though we don’t see as much of each other as maybe we should ;) Today is like so many others – Mr. UPS Man brings me a box marked AMAZON and my heart skips a beat and I rush to open it to see what is next on my reading list.

Behold!

bookpie

Isn’t she beautiful?  A LOVELY cloth covered (I hate book jackets!), mystery!  I quickly open it and it falls open to this quote:

Unless some sweetness at the bottom lie, who cares for all the crinkling of the pie?

~William King, The Art of Cookery (1708)

Ain’t it so?? I found this lovely while looking for a vintage cookbook I needed for research for my pie cookbook.  Ummmm got this instead since the only copy of the cookbook I wanted was $129, used and only in fair condition.  I am going to get my library to do an inter-library loan for me.

Anywho back to the book itself.  The back of the book says:

In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven year old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison.  It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home.  A dead bird is found on teh doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak.  Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.  For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t.  Quite the contrary.  This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life. “

I will certainly let you know how well I liked it when I am finished reading! Right now I am getting ready to go pick Husband up from the airport.  He has spent a week in Norwich, England for work and I expect some bit of pleasure, though he says it would have only been fun had I been there.  He does know what to say!

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