sienamystic: (Sophie)
Justified is back! Woot! Also I have an ep of Castle I need to watch.


Here, have a 1950s swimsuit -

Swimsuit Look Magazine May 1955
sienamystic: (Anya)
So this has nothing to do with the rampant over-sharing I regularly do on here. In fact, this isn't really a problem, it's just a thing I'm thinking about in that vaguely-irritated-but-not-really sense.

So I buy old magazines, the 1960s and before. As you do. And I scan fun advertisements and share them on Flickr and post them to an LJ vintage ads group, and occasionally put them up on Tumblr, etc. As you do. I make no claims of copyright over them, because I don't have that right. And most people who see them and want to put them on a website do the polite thing and do the link back and yadda yadda. So it's annoying to see one of your own scans posted with a link back to somebody else's Flickr page, and follow that link to find a few other scans you did there in the same photostream (because they were kinda crappy scans to begin with and so easily identifiable) and then the other person has slapped a copyright symbol on them. Probably the default setting, but it gets on my nerves a little bit. Welcome to the internet, you must be new here, blah blah. Still ticked me off a tad.

So that's it, actually. A minor gripe about something that no doubt goes on all the time and this time I happened to see it. So thanks for listening, and have two Hostess ads, from 1928 and 1930.

No wonder tea guests are frankly amazed to hear that cakes like these are bought at a grocers )

Cake doesn't have to be homemade to be good, Mrs. Hale finds )
sienamystic: (jello horror)
I have to get work done, pull art from the vaults, and do epic battle with the insurance company. Here, have a scan from my newest purchase, which indicates that we as a society have made some small progress in that you can no longer buy a monkey from a Spiegel catalog.

(If you still can, for the love of god, don't tell me.)

Spiegel 1963 monkeys and mynahs
sienamystic: (This is art)
Got a super-cheap new find over the weekend.

Spiegel 1963 skirts and jackets
sienamystic: (red hat)
Favorite Recipes and Menus from Our Kitchens to Yours, by the Good Housekeeping Institute, 1930. Another find from an antique shop in Kentucky. It's the usually amusing mix of surprisingly sensible advice and really boggling stuff, like the discussion about acid foods, where they dispel an old rumor about acidosis with some new scientific information...that I think has been completely disproven since. Ah, well. Science marches on.

Here's some of what they have to say:

Avoiding Food Fads and "Diets" - --Some strange beliefs about food and food combinations have long persisted which are not based on fact. We refer to one on p. 11 as to acid foods producing acid blood. Many still believe they should not eat acid fruits and milk at the same meal, while there are those who are sure that lobster and ice cream at the same meal will make them ill. Many believe that fried foods are indigestible when as a matter of fact it depends upon how fried foods are fried. we discuss this on p. 131. Bananas have often been listed as indigestible food but we know know that this is not true provided they are eaten when thoroughly ripe.

Vegetarians warn us to go vegetable-wise while a few years ago a diet composed largely of meat had a host of followers. There are still those who advocate a diet of raw food entirely. Others point the way to health through fasting, and we have still one-sided readymade "diets" offered for various ills. Part of the folly of adopting any of these diets is that they are often restricted to a few foods and therefore maybe lacking in food value. Provided that we are in normal health and that we do not overindulge there are no foods we need avoid or that we cannot safely combine in one meal. All special diets should be prescribed and supervised by physicians. There are those, however, who are sensitive to certain foods, after eating which they suffer in various ways such as having an outbreak of "hives" or a violent sneezing attack, similar to "hay fever". These people suffer from a "food allergy" and once they are sure of the offending food or foods they should avoid them.

A Simple Guide to Healthful Meals - If in planning your meals you see to it that each day they include the following foods or types of foods you may feel satisfied that you are providing healthful meals.
1. One pint of milk, as a beverage, or used in soups, sauces, or desserts.
2. One serving of fruit, raw if possible.
3. At least two generous servings of non-starchy or green vegetables (such as carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, string beans, cabbage, beets, etc). One of these should be raw whenever raw fruit is not served on any one day.
4. One serving of meat, fish, or a substitute such as an egg or cheese dish.
5. Breads (including whole wheat), starchy vegetables such as potatoes, dried peas, beans, lentils, etc, cereals ready-to-serve and cooked (including whole grain), desserts, butter and cream to complete the menu and satisfy the appetite.

If any member of the family is overweight have them cut down on the foods in 5 above, especially those rich in fat, i.e. cream, butter and rich desserts such as pastry, rich cakes, ice cream, etc., sufficiently to lose weight slowly and steadily. Have the underweights drink one quart of milk a day and increase the amounts of food in 5 sufficiently to gain weight steadily. Everyone should drink plenty of water and take out door exercise every day. It is well to check up on your weight from time to time to keep the right weight according to age and height.
sienamystic: (commedia)
From a radio magazine called Radio Guide, from some time in the the 1920s, in the "Voice of the Listener" section:

Dear VOL - The few good programs we listen to can in no way compensate for the incessant blah blah of the everlasting advertisers. I am giving away our radio as I can stand it no longer. Beatrice Blage, St Louis, MO
sienamystic: (Reading Woman)
Bought for a quarter in a local antique shop, because I liked her smile. There's an inscription on the back, but I haven't deciphered it yet, except for her name: Velma.

b/w vintage photo of Velma
sienamystic: (Reading Woman)
(Hee, between tonight's Leverage and White Collar I can finally grouse about how tv is getting my profession All Wrong.)

1953 girl's fashions
sienamystic: (Let them eat cake)
This morning the doc said I was good to resume normal activity, in celebration here are some sweaters from 1953.

1953 sweaters and knit hats
sienamystic: (Betty)
Perfection Salad is a study of American diet, cookery, home-ec, and eating. It looks at a specific time period, the late 1800s into the early 1900s, where the theory of "scientific cookery" then in vogue serves as a good doorway into attitudes about women in the workplace, women in the home, feminism, proper nutrition, and eating. Much of the attitudes developing at this point in time would lead directly to the 1950s and its focus on food that was pre-processed, already cooked (just heat and serve!), or packaged scientifically. In recent decades, attitudes towards food and eating (and women's role as feeder of the family) continue to shift. In many ways we're trying to relinquish ideas about food and feeding that entered the culture at this time.

Behind the cut are some of the ideas discussed in the book, illustrated with images from a cooking magazine called "Table Talk".

Better Ways, Lighter Burdens, More Wholesome Results )

I realize as I've been typing this that it doesn't work as a book review at all. Instead, it's cleverly disguised squee about how fascinating the subject matter is and how far into it I was drawn! Plus, a certain amount of "look at the cool things I bought off Ebay.)

At any rate, I highly recommend the book as a well-written, insightful study of this slightly wacky time period in the US, which is still with us in so many ways. I think about it every time I go to the farmer's market, actually. It also dovetails nicely with a book I've already recommended a bajillion times before, Caroline Walker Bynum's Holy Feast and Holy Fast, which also deals with social implications of women and feeding, but in an entirely different context. So cheers, and pass me a slice of that fish pudding. (On second thought, don't.)
sienamystic: (jello horror)
I have yet to write up my responses to Perfection Salad, but the book tempted me to go to Ebay and poke around, and I ended up buying two Table Talk magazines from 1908 and 1916 (two bucks for both! Yay!) The magazines are slim little volumes, almost glorified pamphlets, and they're quite entertaining and informative to read. Here are a couple of tidbits from them:

Divorce Yourself From Lard-Cooked Food )

In conclusion, fish pudding do not want dear god no.

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