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Mixmistress Mutz: 1943

Mixmistress Mutz: 1943

February 1943. Moreno Valley, Colfax County, New Mexico. "George Mutz's youngest daughter helping with the cooking." Not quite the Miracle Kitchen, but it'll do. Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

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I believe her name is Tina and that she currently lives in Wisconsin.
When the 1940 census was taken, George Mutz was working as a forest ranger in Arizona with his English wife Alice and their five children. However, after patriarch of the Mutz family and owner of the Mutz ranch (Herman Mutz) died that summer, it was not long before George returned home to Moreno Valley with his family.
What is odd about John Collier's many photographs of the George Mutz family is that several (including this one identify a mature teenager as Mary, rather than as either of Tina's two older sisters, Virginia Fern (then 18) and Helen Rose (then 17). Virginia became one of Wisconsin's first female veterinarians and a civic leader in her state and community, and Helen became a public-health professional at Fresno State and Cal-Berkeley. I can find no record of a member of the extended Mutz family named Mary (aside from the captions on Collier's photos).


To get those ringlets, you'd sleep with curls tied with rags.


I'll choose Priceless over Miracle!

Peanut Butter Cookies

I see flour and what might a be peanut butter jar. Could the young Muntz girl be making peanut butter cookies? I bet they'd be good.

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