Monthly Archives: July 2011

Even lists can contain surprises

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 … Continue reading

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Brimfield Haul Part 2: Gelatin and Oil Stoves

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] … Continue reading

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War of 1812: S.N.A.F.U.

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 … Continue reading

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Brimfield Haul Part 1: Cheese and Chocolate

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 – … Continue reading

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War of 1812: Order book’s last entry

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 … Continue reading

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Flea market trip: two more pamphlets

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 … Continue reading

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