Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Christmas magazine, circa 1939

I was sorting some of my old magazines the other day when I came across a vintage one I'd forgotten about buying at an antique mall a few years back, the December 1939 issue of American Cooking, the Boston Cooking-School Magazine.

Several tea-related items inside caught my eye, including this ad targeting those interested in Tea Room Management.

This article includes a recipe for "Holiday Punch" with a "tea base." The recipe calling for strong tea, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, and ginger ale sounds pretty tasty, but I think I'd skip the green coloring. (Would you?)

I suppose magazines have had question-and-answer columns forever, and I found it interesting that this magazine numbered its questions ("Query No. 6124"). The tea sandwiches sound … intriguing. I think this column must have been sponsored by a mayonnaise company.

And finally, the back cover featured a product I happily use myself. I found it interesting that the salt "costs a family only 2¢ a week," and I'm happy that Morton's Iodized Salt remains a good buy today!


  1. The accountant in me wonders about that ad. At 2¢ a week, the salt would cost $1.04 for a year. I wonder how many containers they assumed a family would use?

    1. Okay, that's a fascinating point! I'll have to look for an old grocery store ad and see how much the salt sold for and how many packages that would have equaled!

  2. That does look like a very interesting magazine. But the pecan and mayo tea sandwich? Well, let's just say I think I'll save my pecans for pie instead!
    --from Vernona in DC

  3. Fascinating! The olive and almond sandwich sounded particularly intriguing. The article reminded me of the class I once took called, Tearoom for Profit. Wondering if they got the idea from here. Hummm?


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