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Hot and Buttered: 1930

Hot and Buttered: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930s. "C.W. Smith's Yum-Yum candy concession along the Great Highway at Playland-at-the-Beach." 8x10 nitrate negative attributed to George or Leo Whitney. From the Marilyn Blaisdell Collection. View full size.

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Well, almost everything

What, no Hot Buttered cigars?

Nothing Butter

Than anything hot with butter.

I took my wife and son to a Japanese restaurant last night and almost everything on the grill was made with butter (with garlic of course). Yum.

Good Lord, the aroma!

Hot buttered popcorn and butterscotch - that must’ve been intoxicating!

Quite a waist-expanding menu

For a shoppe with such narrow doors. Thank goodness for curb service.


In addition to all the savory concoctions like buttered popcorn, candied puffed rice, walnut cream taffy, pure butterscotch, and butter taffies, they also sold -- cigars.

Butter Up!

Looks like everything was buttered back then, in the same way that everything today is "sea-salt caramel" flavored! I wonder if the "candied puffed rice" was anything like Super Sugar Crisp cereal.

[Sugar Crisps are puffed wheat. Candied Puffed Rice would, I imagine, be something like Rice Krispies squares. - Dave]

Oops, I forgot that Sugar Crisp was made from wheat, but Rice Krispie treats are awesome. I'll wager that theirs were probably smothered in butter somehow!

Is it possible

their candied puffed rice is shot from guns like a more famous brand?

Brought to you by --

Nice reflection of the photographer and helper. Looks like a large negative camera ... 8x10 perhaps.

[Just like it says in the caption! - Dave]

So, I'm supposed to read the caption first?

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