Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
What is Christmas without a doll? Here's Karen Reilly's lovely interpretation of Circle and Dot by Leon Casimir Bru, c. 1879. You can find this paper doll version in the Nov. 2011 issue of Doll Reader.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Not mailed, divided back. Someone did write "Wish you a Merry Christmas," but the pen's line was weak then blurry and blotted. So I'm guessing it seemed too messy, so it was never addressed to anyone. Printed in Germany.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Mor is more meat in a can. How did a shopper choose between Prem, Mor and Spam? Flavors no doubt varied.
Here is Betty Hutt's suggested meals on a budget. I'll pass on the cheese spoon bread, deviled kidney and sausage casserole, and the bean and bologna bake. Ginger dumplings sound good, but I don't know if I'd follow the recipe that includes dark corn syrup and molasses. Pears baked in grape and orange juices sounds intriguing and simple enough to do.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Oh, you kid! How she does it I don't know, / Gets but 10 a week or so /Always dressed in latest styles /"Fluffy Ruffles" wreathed in smiles /Every week a brand new beau/How she does it, /I don't know/Oh, you kid!This verse is a play on the popular tune of 1909, "I Love My Wife, But Oh You Kid," by Harry Von Tilzer. My earlier blog posts on Fluffy Ruffles can be read by clicking the link in this sentence. I consider Fluffy Ruffles the Carrie Bradshaw of the early 20th century, a career woman/fashion plate bedeviled by the opposite sex.
The card was produced by the Magor Novelty & Post Card Co., 1193 Broadway, N.Y.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I've seen this walking doll plenty of times with different advertisements. This one, for the Jolly Juniors at Chautauqua, caught my eye at the Antiquarian and Ephemera show in East Hanover last weekend.
Chautauqua is a town on a lake of the same name in upstate New York, the site of the famous Chautauqua Institution founded in 1874 as a Christian summer school for adults. But the concept was so popular, it expanded to include science and the liberal arts. Chautauqua's founding principle was education for everyone, and the proper use of leisure time to expand the intellect, not drink or gamble.
Chautauquas sprang up around the country, mostly in remote rural areas, drawing top performers and orators, including William Jennings Bryan. FDR and Alf Landon addressed the New York Chautauqua during the presidential campaign of 1936. The Chautauqua movement gave people in small towns another option besides vaudeville and the movies. And Chautauquas are still going strong. You can read more about it here.
Here's a Chautauqua ad from the Livonia (N.Y.) Gazette, Aug. 15, 1924, promoting the Jolly Juniors, programming geared toward the younger set: