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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Latest in 1943

I decided to play a little with a couple of the magazines from 1943. The top Better Homes and Gardens is my favorite. I love this living room on the front cover and I could probably move right in.....With a few changes.

This is the back that I was telling you about yesterday. Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake and Paulette Goddard all endorsing Chesterfields!

Notice that they are dressed in uniforms and only holding the packages....No smoking allowed. I think that this was so that all of the armed forces would go for the cigarettes. Just a theory.

I didn't size the magazines because they would turn out different on each computer. You can grab them and put them in a program that will do that for you. I just use a greeting card program. Everyone has their favorite way of doing this. The magazines were 10" by 12 1/2".
This second one has the infamous Stuffed spam on the back. If I did this right, you can probably just cut it down to size and fold it in the middle with a few pages of copy paper in the middle.

Both of these magazines are full of wartime references and tips on how to not use metal that was needed for the troops. There is a lot about victory gardens. As you can see, the girl on the cover of this one has just picked every fresh vegetable that she could get her hands on. No Spam for her!
Here are inside spreads from each of the above magazines. I thought that it might be fun to have a magazine laying open on the table somewhere.

I realize that you can't read what is on the pages, but I have to tell you about the top one.....It is predictions of how things are going to be in the future.

For instance, did you know that by now we should be getting our milk in a package of cubes? Yup. And I quote. "The cubes, now being experimented with, are dry, wrapped, and can be kept for several weeks in the refrigerator. Drop a cube in a glass of water and there's your milk--fresh, whole milk again, without that condensed milk taste of milk from cans." It must not have worked as well as they thought it would.........

The bottom one is "We did it ourselves on So Little!" This part still hasn't changed. Decorating on a shoestring....

The last page that I wanted to show you was this one. Remember the pages that all B H and G magazines had in them for years? These could be cut out and put into their five ringed cookbook as supplementary pages.

I re sized it to 1 1//2" by 1" That gave me two pages that were 9" by 12" in mini.

I didn't cut them apart. I simply bent them in the middle. and cut several more sheets of paper the same size. I pierced the holes where the rings would go with a pin to get them started. Then I used silver metallic thread to make a 3 ringed binder. To lazy for five. You could do notebooks the same way with plain paper.

Next I glued the back pages to a piece of red card stock, leaving the rest loose.

I cut around it about 1/16" from the edge of the pages. There you have it. An open cookbook for Tessie. Poke the photo for a better view.

She happened to be sitting on the cover of the first magazine, when I noticed the red and white chair. Hey! They almost copied my black and white chairs. About the only difference is the shape of the back and the skirt is gathered instead of straight.

"No Tessie, don't look down! You will get all dizzy!" I wonder if that will keep her from noticing the chairs and wanting new ones.....

I think that she is to intrigued with the spam recipes to notice the chair. Now she is hassling me about going to the grocery store to find some spam so that she cane cook the yummy new recipes.....

See you tomorrow.


Kathi said...

Spam. YUK! My mother made some strange concoction with it mixed with mayonnaise. NASTY stuff!
I love your cookbook! What a great idea and thanks for the printables too.

Caseymini said...

Kathi, I am going to have to work on making printies the right way. I think that these can be worked with if you don't mind sizing them yourself. Glad you like them.

Sans! said...

Casey, thanks for the printies! It's not difficult to size it using any photo programme. The measurements given by you also helps.

I love spam! Over here, we call ours luncheon meat! :):). They are great with rice when fried :). Very unhealthy though.

I love the anecdote on milk cubes. We may not have milk cubes yet but do you know we can already make beer from powder? haha.

Susan said...

These are fab Casey! Love the ring binder idea too.

Tallulah Belle said...

Fascinating....wonderful old mags.

Love the little cookbook binder.

Treet looks like another version of Spam ?

The cigarette ad made me smile. Living in England all my life I used to see the Marlboro ads with the beefy Marlboro man on his horse. I was most shocked to find out American men didn't look like that at all :-)