Monthly Archives: August 2011

Brimfield Haul, Part 5: Presto and Pillsbury

I think “The Presto Book of Menus & Recipes” by Della Thompson Lutes (published by Cupples Company, St. Louis, MO) is my favorite of all my pamphlets so far.  Internet research indicates that it was published between 1928 and 1930, … Continue reading

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The tribulations of Brig. Gen. Cushing, continued

Things did not improve for the Brigadier General between September and October 1814, although at least there was no British assault or serious threat of one during that time.  On the 11th, he wrote to William Jones, Governor of Rhode … Continue reading

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Brimfield Haul Part 4: Aunt Sammy and more chocolate

“Aunt Sammy” had a radio show that began in 1926; it was a production of the US Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Home Economics.  No, I’m not kidding – the agency existed under that name from 1923 to 1942, when … Continue reading

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Connecticut & the governor of New York

Sir Edmund Andros is best known to Connecticut residents for being appointed governor of the short-lived “Dominion of New England” in the 1680s, and seizing (or attempting to seize) the royal charter that allowed Connecticut to operate its own government.  … Continue reading

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Brimfield Haul Part 3: Hardware and Oranges

So, my earliest cooking pamphlet (that has a confirmed date) is now this 1906 item, the sixth edition of “The Enterprising Housekeeper,” by Helen Louise Johnson, provided compliments of Hamilton Hardware Corporation of Waterbury, Connecticut.  It was actually published by … Continue reading

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