I am fascinated by trivia that is related to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s era, and especially the kitchen. I thought I would share a few of my most recently learned facts about the history of some of my favorite things. All of these great facts can be found in the book, “Fun Kitchen Collectibles”, Schiffer Publications, 1996, by Jan Lindenberger.
...in 1889, the J. Ingalls Co. advertised for “lady agents to sell a unique article called the nutmeg grater.” this item sold for 25 cents. It was about that time that the name gadget caught on.
...Spice sets came in a variety of sizes and shapes, as did salt and pepper sets. many of these colorful pieces were sold not only at the “5 and 10 cent store,” but also at souvenir shops.
...vinegar and oil sets were often included with the spice sets.
...Juice reamers came in many sizes, shapes and materials, including glass, tin, aluminum, sterling silver, iron, wood and metal.
...Wooden mallets, meat pounders, butter bowls and paddles, butter churns, and rolling pins were the least expensive of the kitchen implements.
...Iron pots and pans and utensils were in kitchens in the 1930’s. they never seemed to wear out. By the late 30s colorful wooden handled utensils, such as egg beaters, whips, beaters, and mashers replaced much of the tin and iron.
...metal and tin kitchenware was virtually indestructible.
...Mixing spoons, spatulas, strainer spoons, skimmers, slotted spoons... were the
housewive’s special tools.
...Wooden handled spoons often had burn marks from resting on hot metal pans.
...recipes were hand written and passed from generation to generation, some terms used in early cookbooks were inexact, like “pinch of salt,” “dab of butter,” “shake of baking powder” or “a squeeze” or “dib of this” or “a dab of that."
Mama’s Treasures is a great place to browse and find many of your childhood memories. Remember that kitchens are fun places as well as functional. Come visit us for all kinds of kitchen items that will bring back memories and put a smile on your face. If you care to shop and buy while you are there, that’s okay too. We’ll be having a Sale from March 3rd through the 12th. Everything in the store will be 15 % off except for gift certificates. The sale does include already reduced and sale items.
If the kitchen isn’t your thing, we have lots of Advertising, Primitives, Christmas, China & Dinnerware, Pottery, Home Decor, Books, Postcards, Tools & Garden, Lady’s Hats & Hankies, vintage Sewing, and Jewelry. We’ll always consider offers and we love to answer questions. We even have a category for things we really want offers on. If you love kitchenalia or any kind of Old Stuff, then drop by Mama’s Treasures. If you happen to be on eBay, please visit our specialty store Lottie’s Kitchen. It’s the place where there is always a treasure waiting to be found.