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Helpful Hints from the Vintage 1940's, 50's, 60's, and 70's.

The 1940's and 1950's were very helpful with passing out helpful hints
books.

I suppose they needed this information then, after
all, a refrigerator was
state of the art.

A counter top mixer, a hot plate, a telephone, a old toaster, heck, even a
waffle iron was a "new fangled" product.

Along with all these "new fangled" household items, came the "how to"
books, the promotional recipe books, the helpful hints book.

One lady, Heloise, made a successful career out of it, maybe you
remember her - Hints from Heloise.  I suppose her material is still
hanging in somewhere.

On this page you will find the helpful hint for free, hoping to entice you to
buy the entire book for your very own.

I will describe my finds as clearly as possible.  I do not accept returns.  
The items will be shippe via media mail, unless otherwise stated.

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Vintage Recipe Books.
1016 Ways To Make you Washing and Ironing Easier
The first book is Mary Proctor's
Ironing Book.

I do not know if Mary Proctor was a
part of Proctor and Gamble.

But I have seen vintage irons with
her name on the box, so I imagine
she was very well known in her day.

I would say this book is in fair
condition for its age - copyright in
1949.  55.95 plus 1.00 shipping
The graphic's inside the book scream 40's.

The Preface says -

"I know women whose laundry problem goes all the way back to getting
wood chopped to build the fire to heat the water to wash the clothes.  
And I know women whose laundry problem is what kind of steam iron to
buy.  I talk with women in small towns, on
farms, in cities.
My job is finding out how washing and ironing can be done so that it
leaves a woman
fresh -- and proud of her work.......

This book gives you the benefits of labor-saving time and motion
studies.  It tells you of new products and new
appliances--faster-working, safer soaps and synthetic detergents, new
kinds of starches, irons that need never be lifted.  You are given simple
directions for every operation connected with washing and ironing.

My own special interest is ironing.  It has been one of the slowest,
most exhausting of household tasks.  Two things have made it
so--standing and lifting.  To avoid both these strains I have worked
out my own Mary Proctor Ironing Method.  It is the only method which
makes it possible for you to do hand ironing sitting down--comfortably
and quickly.  I also helped design the equipment that made such a
method possible--such things as the Mary Proctor Never-Lift Irons,
steam and dry, the Hi-Lo Ironing Table, and the other Proctor ironing
aids described later on."

That is but a sample of the Preface.

Inside the book is a section describing the softness or hard water
hardness in the U.S.  It reads, "In 29 out of the 48 states, the water is
hard."  Then it goes on to let you know what can be done, by
discussing Tri-Sodium Phosphate, Boprax, Trade-Marked Water
Softeners, like Oakite, Climalene and Mello.....................
The book gives Name Brands as, Ivory, Kirkman Flakes, Lux, Palmolive
Beeds, being Mild Soaps.

Chipso, Crystal White, Duz, Fels Naptha, Kirkman Granulated,
Octagon, Oxydol, Quick Arrow, Rinso, Silver Dust, Super-Suds, White
King, were the All-Purpose Soaps.

Heavy-Duty Soaps included, "Gold Dust, Kirkman Soap Powder,
Octagon Soap Powder, and Swift's Pride Soap Powder."

Were these people insane in the 40's or what?

She has a chapter on Blueing, Fabrics, Starching, The right Way to
Wash Your Clothes and How to Dry your Clothes.

She discusses soaking, boiling, washing, sorting, rinsing, and a sick
room laundry.

The sick room laundry was pretty interesting.  It talks about the
precautions one should take when washing the clothes of contagous
people.  It says, "If the goods are then carefully washed and dried, no
undue shrinkage of the garments should result and the infections
agents of disease except those due to spor-forming bacteria, such as
anthrax or gas gangreene, will have been destroyed."
What anthrax?  I thought anthrax wasn't common, just a scary
terrorist thing.

Apparently it was so common at one time, 60 years ago, the a lady
writing about ironing, mentioned it, (in passing, I might add) in her
how to book!

Because it is right there on page 23 of Mary Proctors' Ironing Book.

Go figure, vintage anthrax.  

Anyway the book is forsale if you would like to have it for your own
ironing needs.
Written a recipe box circa 1970's.

Dry Wall Recipe Mix

For instance, take (paper is torn
here)
Planing mills have (paper torn here)  
disposing of it.  Did you know that
sawdust combined with wall paper
paste makes a wonderful modeling
compound?  This recipe calls for two
cups of fine sawdust, mix well with
one cup of wallpaper paste, and
enough water as needed for a good
consistency.  That is all there is to it.

The mixture is especially food for
making puppets.  Form head around
small dowels or sticks.  Mold
features such as ears and nose.  
Stand in empty soda bottles to dry
so the heads wont' become
lopsided.  When dry -several days -
glue on felt eyes, mouth, yarn hair,
e
tc.

Simple clothes may be made of
either crepe paper or scraps of
material and tacked or glued to the
doll itself.

Incidentally, wall paper paste is one
of the biggest bargains you will find.
But it at any store that sells wall
paper.  It is cheap - about 25
cents a bag - and (the recipe ends
here, the rest of her paper was torn
away.  You can tell this is an old
recipe, because wallpaper paste isn't
and hasn't been 25 cents a bag for
a long, long time!)
Helpful Hints
My grandmother wrote the
following: Cleans combs often.  
Combs and hair brushes should
be washed as often as your
hair.  An easy solution in which
to wash them is about a
tablespoon of baking soda and a
good dash of liquid ammonia. NO
scrubbing, just soak and rinse
well. She dated this paper, 1969
Water Flowers Monthly
Found this in my grandmother's recipe box.
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoons Epson salts
1 teaspoons salt peter
1/2 teaspoons household ammonia
1 gallon water (tepid)
Pour around plants at least once a month or oftener
1-3-1971 from Ellen

Also, this was written on a napkin.
Decorating with powdered sugar.
Sift powdered sugar into a paper bag.  Add a few warm doughnuts.  
Shake gently until they are coated.  Repeat, adding more sugar if
necessary, until all are coated. Decorated a cake that has cooled
slightly by sprinkling the tip with powdered sugar or making a sugar
design.  Place a paper lace doily (or make your own snowflake design
out of wax paper) over the surface.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar
and remove carefully.



Here is a trick they used on the old vintage refrigerators.  My
grandmother's has typed on this paper that she used it on her enamel
chipped sink.  "Camouflage trick - You can cover and fill in a chip in
your refrigerator by dabbing the chapped spot with colorless nail
polish and finely ground zinc white, available in hardware stores.
In 1913, Calumet put out a baking powder recipe booklet, which you can purchase on the Calumet page. In
this booklet was a helpful hint about Fireless Cookers.  Once the booklet has been purchased, this information
will be taken down.  I only have it here as an enticement for you to purchase the book.

It said
, "The use of the fireless cooker is spreading rapidly on account of its saving in fuel, time, work and
worry.  It consists of a box or chest packed with a good non-conductor of heat, into which a kettle, containing
food heated to a boiling point, is placed.  The lid, consisting of the same non-conducting material, is closed, and
heat cannot escape, consequently the water in the kettle remains at the boiling point for several hours, and
food in the water is bound to cook the same as if it were on the stove.

Theses cookers are now being manufactured by many firms.  Some of them, however, are not as good as
home-made ones.  A fireless cooker can easily be made by packing excelsior in a square box or bushel basket
tightly around the kettle to be used, and on removing the kettle, cotton cloth can be placed over the excelsior
and tacked to remain, and a cushion of excelsior made to fit over the top.  About 3 inches of excelsior should
be left solid at the bottom, and the sides of the box lined with newspaper, before putting the excelsior therein.  
About 4 inches of excelsior should be left between the kettle and the sides of the box, and the same kettle
should always be used so as to fit snugly in its own nest.

In the fireless cooker, there is no evaporation.  All the goodness and flavor of the food is retained by this slow
and thorough mode of cooking.  Onions and cabbage may be cooked without the odor permeating the house.  
While doing the dinner dishes, you can cook what you want for supper, put the kettles into the fireless cooker,
and attend to other things, or go out, without the slightest anxiety, and at supper time find it hot and
deliciously cooked.

You can cook the oatmeal, or any cereal for 5 minutes after supper, put it in the fireless cooker, and find it
thoroughly cooked and hot at any time in the morning needed.  You can cook a boiled dinner, on a hot summer
day, without any odor or heat in your kitchen.  All this can be done on a fireless cooker.

We give below a few directions for cooking with this new cooker, which will enable the beginner to avoid loss
and worry by mistakes.

Baked Beans
Soak over night in cold water.  In the morning drain and add 2 quarts of fresh water for each quart of beans,
and a piece of salt pork; boil hard on coal or gas stove 10 or 15 minutes; remove quickly to cabinet for 3 or 4
hours; then take from cabinet and boil hard 10 minutes more and return to cabinet for 3 or 4 hours longer;
pour into baked and brown in oven.

Cereals
Measure, into your granite kettle, water required; salt to taste; stir in your cereal slowly and boil 5 minutes.  
Remove to cabinet and leave for 3 or 4 hours or over night.
Oat Flakes - 1 cup oats to 3 cups water.  Leave 4 hours or more.
Oatmeal - 1 cup oats to 4 of water, 4 hours or more.
Cream of Wheat - 1 cup wheat, 6 of water, 4 hours or more
Cornmeal Mush - 1 cup meal, 4 cups water, 4 hours or more.
Boiled Rice - 1 cup rice, 5 water or milk, 2 hours or more."
O, here is something interesting.....written in 1913 - To mend a crack
on the inside of a range, use a filling made of equal parts of wood ashes
and common salt moistened with water.  This will prove hard and lasting.

Milk - Before heating milk rinse out the saucepan with a little hot water
(never boil milk, it toughens food materials); it will prevent the milk
sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Read, "The Story of the Missing
Cookie
Jar" by PenVampyre.  A
delightful little Christmas story
with mouthwatering  recipes for
the most wonderful time of the
year!

A story by Robin Wallace.  Read
"Santa
and the Magic Key", plus
recipes for your holidays.

Read "
Easter and Where NOT to
Hide
Eggs"  Memories of Easters
past and a few vintage recipes.

Logan's Halloween Story -The
original story won first place in
sixth-eighth grade division of
Southeastern Middle School,
2005 by Logan Lyon

Food and Genealogy.  A story By
Robin L. Wallace.  
Our lives, our
families, our
very history's are
defined by the foods
we eat.

Family Reunion Recipes.
"The Fourth of July and Other
Disasters"
(With Apologies to Jean
Shepherd)
By Robin L. Wallace

A short story by Suellen Fry.  
Memories
of my father and his
version of
Kickapoojoyjuice.

Memorial Day Recipes - "For me,
Memorial Day was the day when
we went out where relatives were
buried in the tiny, local
cemeteries and thoroughly
cleaned up each gravesite,
carrying away branches that may
have fallen in the
winter.................."

Grandma Irwin's Story of
Courage
and Swit Tater Biskits
Recipe.

Homemade Remedies Recipes -
Recipes our grandparents used
from a poultice, mustard
plasters, gargles and paste.

Thanksgiving Day recipes and
story from the past.

College Foods and Other
Mistakes
.
My grandmother and her sisters.