Monday, June 17, 2013
They don't make pulp magazines they way they used to. By the way, this one is available online and can be read for free at the Unz site. Which is a pretty marvelous place to waste time if you're fascinated by early 20th century pop culture.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
(I really love my job).
FBI Agent/Instructor: Home-made explosives tend to be a self-resolving issue.
FBI Agent/Instructor: Al Qaeda produces an excellent magazine called Inspire. In terms of layout, artwork and all that, it's very professionally done.
Local Cop: Is there a swimsuit issue?FBI Agent/Instructor: Yes. The eyes show.
DEA Agent/Instructor: Of course if you make a mistake with these ingredients, you're going to experience a negative outcome.
Me: What are you grinning for?
Smitty: Because I'm a guy and we're blowing shit up!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sorry for not posting yesterday, I've been having some trouble with my eyes and I just didn't get around to it.
A knitted jacket in "the New Boilfast Cottons," from Fashions Today, put out by the J.P. Coats company in 1935. Instructions are on my Flickr account.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
ALL ABOUT KATE
This game will furnish amusement at an evening entertainment, but may also be played after a ladies' luncheon. The questions, on sheets of paper with spaces allowed for the answers, are distributed, and fifteen minutes given for answering them. Each answer is composed of one word ending with the letters c-a-t-e; for instance: Kate is a good pleader (advo-cate). When fifteen minutes have elapsed each player signs her name and passes her paper to the person on her right. The answers are then read, and the player having the most correct answers wins a prize.
- Kate is a good pleader. (advocate)
- Kate judges judicially. (adjudicate)
- Kate is apt to use other people's money wrongfully. (defalcate)
- Kate is very frail. (delicate)
- Kate sometimes gets out of joint. (dislocate)
- Kate makes everything double. (duplicate)
- Kate loves to teach. (educate)
- Kate takes out ink spots. (eradicate)
- Kate helps people out of difficulties. (extricate)
- Kate is good at constructing. (fabricate)
- Kate gives a pledge of security. (hypothecate)
- Kate sometimes invokes evil. (imprecate)
- Kate is perplexing; hard to understand. (intricate)
- Kate often prays earnestly. (supplicate)
- Kate makes wheels run easily. (lubricate)
- Kate uses her teeth. (masticate)
- Kate is not always truthful. (prevaricate)
- Kate can foretell events. (prognosticate)
- Kate makes an affirmative. (predicate)
- Kate gets smothered. (suffocate)
- Kate points out clearly. (indicate)
- Kate makes business combinations. (syndicate)
- Kate goes into the country. (rusticate)
- Kate will now move out. (vacate)
From Bright Ideas for Entertaining, 1905, available as a free download from Project Gutenberg.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
I was contacted by Stephan, who works for Dickies, with a link to their blog and a dropbox full of vintage Dickies' advertising. I was familiar with the Dickies brand, as anyone who lives in a rural/agricultural area has to be, but I had no idea they were a popular brand in the UK.
(Selling "ready to dye" clothes; would this concept fly today?)
Lots of fun images, although if you are of a certain age, the photos from the 1970's will make you wince in recognition. Check them out.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Sometimes the hostess who is entertaining at bridge decides on a luncheon rather than serving refreshments afterward. this is delightful to the guests, and sometimes easier for the hostess, especially if she serves at the card tables.
Cover each table with a luncheon cloth, place the napkins and arrange the necessary silver, glassware, etc, dispensing with both bread-and-butter plates and floral centerpieces. Plan your menu so that you can arrange the entire main course on the individual plates before bringing them to the table. If hot bread is served, butter it before placing it on the plates. Then after luncheon is over you need only remove the used dishes in a tray or tea wagon, fold up the luncheon cloths, and quickly arrange the necessary "tools" for playing bridge.
But what will you give them to eat?
Hera are a few menus that may help, together with recipes.
Tomato Juice Cocktail
Sweetbread and Almond Salad
Orange Layer Cake
Jellied Shrimp Salad
Pickled Peaches Crisp Celery
Honey Ice Cream Cake
Asparagus Tips with Hollandaise Sauce
Nut Graham Muffins Currant Jelly
Chocolate Refrigerator Cake
Jellied Chicken Soup
Molded Tuna Salad with Cucumber Dressing
Brown Bread Fingers
Sponge Cake Peaches with Sunshine Sauce
Sweetbread and Almond Salad. 1 pair sweetbreads, 1 cup blanched almonds, mayonnaise, radishes. Soak sweetbreads in cold water for one hour, changing the water two or three times. Then drain and plunge into boiling water to which one teaspoon vinegar has been added and cook for fifteen minutes. Next drain and place immediately into ice cold water to blanch. Let stand ten minutes. Wipe dry and chill. Dice sweetbreads and mix with almonds, and add just enough mayonnaise to bind. Garnish with radish roses. Serves six.
Honey Ice Cream Cake. Cut slices of Sponge or Angel Food Cake three inches square and one-half inch thick, and arrange on individual dessert plates. Top each piece of cake with a square of chocolate or vanilla ice cream, and then garnish each with two tablespoons strained honey and one tablespoon salted pecans.
Molded Tuna Salad. To one can of flaked tuna, add one cup stiff mayonnaise, one chopped, hard-cooked egg, one-fourth cup chopped olives, one tablespoon capers and one teaspoon chopped chives. Soften one-half tablespoon gelatin in one-fourth cup cold wter, place over hot water until dissolved, then add to the fish mixture and stir lightly with a fork, being careful not to break the fish. Put in cold wet mods and chill. Six individual molds.
Cucumber Dressing. To one-half cup thick cream, add one-fourth teaspoon salt, a speck of pepper and two tablespoons vinegar. Beat until stiff. Just before serving add one cucumber which has been pared, chopped very fine and drained.
Sunshine Sauce. Boil one cup sugar with one-third cup water to 238° F. or the soft-ball stage. Pour this sirup over the stiffly-beaten yolks of two eggs. Continue beating until creamy. Add two tablespoons vanilla. Just before serving, fold in one cup stiffly-beaten cream.
The Detroit Times Cook Book, 1936.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
From Every Week magazine, June 1918, at a time when sending packages that included cartons of cigarettes to servicemen was a patriotic duty. Ironically, smoking was prohibited on the front lines; that little glowing cigarette end made a dandy target for snipers.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
To me. Which is my explanation for why I am not posting my usual Sunday vintage recipes.
(Thanks to Stacey for the card. Which she says she got from the NYPL online, so: "Courtesy of the New York Public Library, www.nypl.org.")