Friday, March 6, 2009

Surprises in The Spiral Composition Book

I found this wonderful old Spiral Composition Notebook behind a bookshelf after we moved in to my husbands family home many years ago and just recently found it again. I understand now why I kept it. It contains a treasure trove of recipes and old home remedies.

The above Cake Mix insert is dated 1947. Printed on fine paper it's amazing it's lasted as well as it has. The box in the lower right hand corner of the second image is a "Double the cost of your ingredients back guarantee" and get this, offer expired July 1, 1949.

Do you remember Calumet Baking Powder with the Indian on the Can? I sure do. I knew that meant grandma was baking again. Mmm Mmm Good! This Ad is torn from a Country Gentleman Magazine and is dated March, 1952. I sure wish I had the rest of the story for the other side of the page (below).
Don't you just love the kitchen pictured here? And the colors on this page are still so vibrant. The story speaks of a couple building a new home at a cost of $14,000.00. The heading under the top photo states the kitchen has 17 outlets. I love the drop down laundry bin in the 2nd middle photo. We have a similar bin in our homes kitchen but I use it to hold paper sacks and plastic bags.
I hope you enjoyed the little trip down memory lane or peek into the past for you young'uns. Do any of you remember that term? There is actually an article on the back of a recipe that was torn from some magazine that uses the term young'uns, in print, slipped inside this wonderful little Composition book. And here I thought my grandpa made up that word!! :-)
Have a great weekend folks,
P.S. Click on the title of this post for a link to my grandmother's banana bread recipe.


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

geesh - I had to write that out - banana bread is one of my most favorite things in the world! This one sounds yummy (as if anything with all that butter, sugar, bananas and walnuts could be bad!

distracted by shiny objects said...

Voila--look what I found:>)
They have a whole set of dinnerware. Your daughter will be in zombie heaven!! Enjoy.

lori vliegen said...

hi tess! oh, i just LOVE books like this...i could sit all day with one and just soak up the nostalgia! :)

REread said...

the kitchen pics are great ... so funny, i love the woman in the yellow blouse

peggy gatto said...

Hi tess!!! Just dropping by to say thanks for playing in my "hereI made this for you! Something coming your way!
Please post to your blog to see if we can keep this going!!!

Tess said...

Oh Tristan, You will looove that banana bread recipe. It is not heart healthy or waste friendsly but it is moist and delicious. Grandma could cook and I was soooo pleased to have found this recipe, and hand written by her, wow! You can imagine the tears that brought, flood gates were opened. I find other recipes just aren't as good. (It's the real butter.)