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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, afterall, 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.

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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
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 unexhausted -- 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, ect.

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
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

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.

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
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

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

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.