Left Behind

A small stack of paper sits on my desk today, all found after the removal of drawers from several pieces of furniture.


An old recipe for a coffee cake.


Three tiny cookbooks probably picked up at a grocery store. Two are from the 1920s; the Domino Sugar booklet gave customers more reasons to buy sugar with its tempting candy recipes.


Chocolate Popcorn in 1907?

This tiny Crystal Domino Sugar recipe booklet, dated 1907, lists “Butter, size of walnut.”  Another recipe in the booklet lists “Butter, the side of an egg” under the  ingredients. The King Arthur Flour website reports that walnut size equaled 2 tablespoons and size of an egg was 1/4 cup.

20-IMG_0189Jelke “Good Luck” Margarine Booklet

Dairy firms, especially in Wisconsin, fought to get laws passed to prohibit the coloring of margarine which was, originally, something like 80% beef tallow. I can understand why the dairy farms didn’t want beef tallow impersonating as butter.  Margarine use didn’t promise to cut calories, which it didn’t, of course, but as a less expensive alternative to butter. People didn’t find the white of margarine appealing. After all, it was basically a slab of fat,  so margarine companies came up with the idea to distributed a packet or capsule of yellow dye with the margarine. Which answered my question, why one would have to ask the dealer for the capsule? Now, it looks like it was a rather sneaky attempt to go around the law. In the U.S.A., sales of margarine increased during the Depression and then again during WWII.  Finally, in the 1950s, in America, the law changed to allow margarine coloring at the manufacturing plant.

My grandmother always called butter “oleo.” I never understood this. I can see why someone would call oleo “butter”…but the other way around? Well, I’ll never know the answer to that.


These three newspaper clippings from 1947 were found in the same piece of furniture. It looks like the basis of a mystery story, but unhappily, these pertain to a real event involving a midwife. I wonder what these clippings had to do with the owner of the dressing table.


The Best Find

Two engraved invitations to a September, 1908, wedding in Paris, and a colorful chromolithograph bread yeast advertisement.


How many oil cloth flowers produced $6,000.00 a month in 1947? I love this guy’s truthful response, don’t you?


This is a decoupaged double bed that I worked on this week. Double beds can be hard to sell, but this one is so pretty that I am hopeful it will find a home. I used wallpaper for the design.

6-IMG_0203Vintage clothing has taken over the workroom. It hangs on doors, from the arms of old floor lamps and on hangers from an antique coat stand. Now is not the time to sell clothing.


Peeking out the upstairs window tonight, I see the restaurants closed early. They have festooned the flower boxes with blue and purple lights to chase away the darkness. Are these the new colors of Christmas?

14-IMG_0129This is the tag on my Christmas lights. What? Do you think they are unsafe?


They look fine to me!