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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

The Recipe: 1923

The Recipe: 1923

"Two women in kitchen. May 8, 1923." Not just any old kitchen, this is the laboratory where Odessa Dow conducted her ground-breaking baking research. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Glass Vacuum Coffee Maker

That glass vacuum coffee maker above the stove almost looks like a modern day Yama. From the Vacuum Coffee Maker Blog:

The Aforementioned Contraption

I have a variation of that glass vacuum coffee maker. Alas, it does not help me make a better cup of coffee but it sure wows guests!

Botox versus Botulism

When I was young, home canning, improperly done, often caused fatalities due to botulism. Today botulin toxin is used to make wrinkles disappear and for other medical treatments. I remember a newspaper story in which a woman died and the cause of death was not discovered until they served her home-canned mushrooms at the funeral dinner and some of the guests became seriously ill from botulism.

Coffee contraption

The aforementioned contraption above the oven looks like a vacuum coffee maker. In fact, those are all coffee makers.

Pinocchio

After chastising several posts on how cruel their comments were, I feel sheepish with this: did these two just get out of bed? Has the one on the left been telling many lies?

Canning Jars

I'm surprised to see them using bail closure jars in 1923 when the superior and safer metal Mason jar lid had been around for decades by then.

And what is that contraption on the shelf above the oven, second from the left? It looks familiar but I can't place it.

 
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