Monthly Archives: December 2010

Old scholars never die …

… they just stop adding to their libraries. Seriously, today we visited an excellent used bookstore and added to our personal library the following: The History of American Sailing Ships by Howard I. Chapelle; Dams and Other Disasters: A Century … Continue reading

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Americanization: Hartford, CT

One of my current research projects is the early 20th century Americanization movement.  One of my period sources claims (in 1919) that the movement started in 1914, but I recently discovered this article from the February 23, 1903 Hartford Courant: … Continue reading

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Chocolate Drop Cookies (1942)

From the Co-Op Cookbook (see earlier post). 1/2 cup CO-OP Vegetable Shortening 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup sour milk 1 egg 1-1/2 cups CO-OP Fancy Flour 3/4 tsp. CO-OP Salt 1/2 tsp. CO-OP Soda 2 tsp. CO-OP Baking Powder … Continue reading

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Where is Bessarabia?

On the north shore of the Black Sea, in Eastern Europe – presently comprising the easternmost part of Moldova (formerly part of the Ukraine, Soviet Union, Romania, Russia, the Ottoman Empire,  Moldavia, and Walachia, in reverse order). The name apparently … Continue reading

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Highway construction scandals

Last week I ran across a reference to scandals that arose out of the construction of the Merritt Parkway and the Wilbur Cross Parkway, both in Connecticut. The Merritt Parkway, now a National Scenic Byway and listed in the National … Continue reading

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White Sugar Cookies (1942)

My collection of old recipe booklets includes the following: Published in 1942 by the Co-operative Publishing Association, Superior, Wisconsin – apparently a consortium of agricultural cooperatives.  “Dedicated to the housewives of America, in whose hands rests the power of the … Continue reading

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