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Sugar and Spice: 1943

Sugar and Spice: 1943

February 1943. "Moreno Valley, New Mexico. Mary Mutz making an apple pie on the Mutz ranch." John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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The pottery nerd in me noticed the Homer Laughlin creamer in the foreground. It's the Century line with the Mexicana decal. This line debuted in 1937 and quickly became very popular. Seems fitting for it to be found in a New Mexico household.

Re: Jeans

The woman lives on a ranch, I would say that the jeans are likely not a fashion statement but more in the line of functional clothing.

Oh Yes!

And, just to add to Solo's Australian Mother thought apple pie was an American staple back in the '50's.

That pie was baked on a regular bases, and the "dusted with sugar and cinnamon pseudo-cookies" were considered off limits to all, but we kids. One may imagine her popularity in our neighborhood.

And then there were her excellent frozen Daiquiris, served to her girl friends on any given afternoon. Hence the discussion and formulation of the Dinner menu for the day.


Well before they became a fashion statement.

On another topic, my grandmother used to bake the crust trimmings along with the pie. When dusted with sugar and cinnamon, those pseudo-cookies allayed raging juvenile appetites that might otherwise have led some of us grandkids to develop designs on the cooling pie itself.

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