Tag Archives: 1920s

Old Recipe Books full of Family Stories….

Every home has them, those ugly recipe books, crammed with hand written notes and cards, clipping from newspapers and  magazines, family favorites handed down through time and generations.  Some are more used than others.  The coffee table books sit with the beautiful pictures, while time and time again hands grab for these old, worn faded and stained books.

Sometimes when you are hunting for something else ..well you come across one of these lovely old beauties!!

1920's old recipe book , cover is worn but well loved inside!

1920’s old recipe book , cover is worn but well loved inside!

Cooks love shared recipes. The ones that have been tested by picky toddlers and husbands.  So into these old books are written the stories of friendships shared over time. You open one, and you can be a detective. Instantly you learn what they enjoyed cooking, if they liked baking, or making soups. If they loved trying new recipes and saved the good ones, and how they socialized.  If they home canned or even made home made wine!

Witch Cake???

Witch Cake???

A recipe for Witch Cake is pasted on spare space, along with Quick Cinnamon Buns..They are below the Steam Icing ..you wonder if she used that instead of seven minute frosting or it was just the perfect place to tuck these in??

waffles..not one but several versions!

waffles..not one but several versions!

Waffles, my wife says NO ONE, made waffles like her Great Aunt Donna!  I can attest the woman could make these like none I have had since!  Floating Island is a family recipe my wife got from her Grandmother and rarely makes it these days, but it is a family favorite.

cakes and pudding recipes with pasted in clippings from newspapers and magazines

cakes and pudding recipes with pasted in clippings from newspapers and magazines

There are a great deal of cake, muffin and cookie recipes in this book along with some mane dish items, so the cook enjoyed a well rounded time in the kitchen.  It is interesting to note that the “Lazy Daisy Cake” must have been a favorite as it is written in further back in the book in her hand and looks as if she made a few changes to it for her version.

Ever wonder about what Tongue tastes like???

Ever wonder about what Tongue tastes like???

Tongue is not something I really want to eat. My wife says she tried it ONCE. I think that says it. ONCE. Enough. It was and still is a cut that is used in places, as nothing used to go to waste. everything had it’s place on the table or in the garden.

old fashioned home made relish

old fashioned home made relish

Speaking of gardens, this is one of those books that has notes and recipes for relish, jams, canning for all sorts of item.  There was a time when it was done in just about every home. I can tell you, if you haven’t had homemade relish, you should, there is a big difference between that and store bought!  A farmer’s Market or “pick your own” will gain you much produce to make more cans than you will think you will need. Sweet sour relish is in this book in several places as it has always been a favorite of most people.

evaporated milk ad with recipes

evaporated milk ad with recipes

Even the advertisers managed to put recipes into their ads!  This one is for Danish Pride Milk.

THE oven in it's DAY!!

THE oven in it’s DAY!!

And of course every good cook needs the right equipment! Check out the advertisement for the stove!  A classic beauty in it’s day they are making them look like this once again! incredible..what goes around comes all the around and back again!

 

 

 

 

Ringling not just about Circus…

Just about everyone has gone to the circus, and when you talk circus the first name that comes to mind is John Nicholas Ringling.  He was the most well known of the seven Ringling brothers. Born to German immigrants, Marie Salome’ Juliar and August Ringling in May 31 1866, he was fifth son in a family of seven sons, a one daughter. His father was a farmer and harness maker.  The Ringling Circus started in 1870 as the “the Ringling Brothers United Monster Shows, Great Double Circus, Royal European Menagerie, Museum, Caravan, and Congress of Trained Animals”.  They understood even in the early days the importance of well done introduction to catch the imagination! They also understood value! They only charged a penny for admission. By 1882 it was called the “The Ringling Brothers Classic and Comic Concert Company”, and traveled by railroad cars, admission rose to 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children.

from the Ringling Museum in Sarasota ..a miniature example the size of a football field to show the set up of the big top circus!

from the Ringling Museum in Sarasota ..a miniature example the size of a football field to show the set up of the big top circus!

The railroad cars began a way to move the circus around the country from on city to another.  They would unload and have everything they needed to live while on the road. They had a large tent for “resting” between performances and for eating food.  It took a large, well organized team to set up the tents, and work behind the scenes.  Huge generators for power and  to provide cooking for all those thousands of people, and animals.CA

inside the big top

inside the big top

Many people had never seen some of the animals. So you often paid a fee to walk through and see the animals before the performance while they were in their cages.  It was an added attraction!

Here is where it all starts..the side show, then the animals..on to the Big Top!

Here is where it all starts..the side show, then the animals..on to the Big Top!

John Ringling married Mable Burton in 1905. In 1907 the Ringling Brothers bought the Barnum & Bailey Circus for $400,000 and ran them as two separate entities for a while, but with the sudden death of two older brothers (Otto in 1911 and Al in 1916) they realized the need to combine them. On March 29, 1919 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey World’s Greatest on Earth became one!  His brother Alfred passed away in 1919, and Charles who managed the shows died in 1926, on top of all this Mable died in 1929 and the Great Depression brought more problems.  He was voted out of control by the board of directors in 1932.  John Ringling died not a wealthy man, but a poor one, with less than $400 in his bank account. He did have this museum, his house, Cad’Zan (or House of John) in Sarasota Florida and his art collection, which he had willed to the State of Florida. The museum and house now restored , includes a theater for the arts and is one of the jewels of the State of Florida.

view of an evening dress and portrait of Mable Burton Ringling  in the formal Reception Room..

view of an evening dress and portrait of Mable Burton Ringling in the formal Reception Room..

You can see the styles of time and many of the items owned by John and Mable Ringling. Though he was married briefly after her death it did not last and ended in divorce. The  House was built in the Venetian Gothic style, designed by New York architect Dwight James Baum, built by Owen Burns, was completed in 1926.  At one time he was one of the richest men in the world and traveled all over Europe.  Unfortunately the word changed rapidly and the winds of fortune changed also, though you can see the stories in the art he collected and the Circus he loved. The Circus still attracts people today, and is still evolving in different forms such as  cirque du soleil and others.

backside of the mansion ..in process of setting up for an event

backside of the mansion ..in process of setting up for an event