One of my other projects is about King Philip's War (New England, 1675-6). At the moment, I'm typing up an index of the documents contained in a volume of Connecticut manuscript records, so we can check which of them have been previously transcribed, and which have not. This is not quite as boring as you … Continue reading Even lists can contain surprises
I really love the cover of this 1936 "Knox Gelatine Desserts, Salads, Candies and Frozen Dishes" pamphlet - so pretty and colorful! And here's another summer recipe: Grapefruit Snow Pudding (6 servings) 1 envelope Knox Sparkling Gelatine [= 1 tablespoon] 1/4 cup cold water 1/4 cup hot water 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoonful of salt … Continue reading Brimfield Haul Part 2: Gelatin and Oil Stoves
The Order Book for Military District #2 (CT and RI) was very tame, but as I mentioned, the last entry referred to "hardships & privations." Having started on transcribing a letter book of Brigadier General Thomas H. Cushing, I begin to have an idea of what he meant. Unfortunately this book begins in September 1814, … Continue reading War of 1812: S.N.A.F.U.
I expanded my pamphlet collection mightily this week! Here are the first two of the items I acquired. First up, from 1931 and the Kraft-Phenix Cheese Corporation, "Cheese and Ways to Serve it." The covers feature perky apron-wearing housewives - I'm pretty sure that each of them is different. I was startled to learn from … Continue reading Brimfield Haul Part 1: Cheese and Chocolate
I've finished transcribing the order book (39 pages of 10-point text) and found the last entry very interesting, given the general context of the war in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Here it is, in its entirety: Military District N’o 2 Head quarters Providence District Orders 21st February 1815 The Commanding General has the pleasure to … Continue reading War of 1812: Order book’s last entry
The flea market at the Mansfield Drive-In doesn't always yield vintage cookery pamphlets, but this time I got lucky. First up, a small booklet from Skilton Foote & Co. by "A Practical Housekeeper." It cost fifty cents when it was printed, and I paid a dollar for it ... but a dollar is worth a … Continue reading Flea market trip: two more pamphlets