This post contains pictures from my last two visits to my mother’s place. Get ready for some cool stuff, plus a couple of doozies …
Mongol pencils from the 1970’s (made with REAL lead!) FWIW, these are no longer made in the US, so if you want these pencils you either have to go to my mother’s place or visit another country!
Pure corn starch foodservice. Hang on … FOODSERVICE??? Hmmm … it looks like this might be the kind of box that was sold to restaurants rather than the general public. Either that, or it’s just really really REALLY old. I wonder how old it actually is?
“Tomato and Steak Knives”? That seems like a strange marketing decision. Let’s google this to see if the company is still around … huh … original Bakelite handles? Retro? Collectible??? *blinks* Hmmm. I might hold off before I start cutting any tomatoes or steaks just yet.
These were a bunch of curious tools we found in a bag that was in the back of a kitchen cabinet. Okay, we know that the doohickey on top is a corkscrew, because we’ve used those before. The big one on the right is a chopper, which we learned because my boyfriend pulled it out of the plastic bag by the blade end (oops!) and because once he got it out of the bag he discovered that it helpfully has the word “chopper” printed on it. The next one counterclockwise on the bottom is a … cherry pitter? Maybe? The other two led to some more questions and some more discoveries …
This one is … a slide rule meets a medieval torture device? We carefully poked and prodded at the moving parts for a few moments, until my boyfriend suddenly exclaimed, “It’s a Gilhoolie!” I replied, “Oh, great, you’ve seen one of these before?” but he shook his head and pointed …
Oh. Well, that was weird and ridiculous. But at least it gave us something we could search for on google … so now we know that it’s a kitchen appliance that opens jars and bottles!
I found this dress all the way in back of one of my mother’s closets, and I can’t express how strange, old, stiff, and HEAVY it was. I was wondering why she’d kept it all these years, but the Lord & Taylor tag inside told me that it must have once been a pretty expensive purchase.
House of Lee menu, circa … I have no idea, but things were awfully cheap back then. I remember going to this restaurant when I was young, but it has long since closed and now there’s a discount store at that address. I LOVE this menu, so please indulge me while I share a few highlights from olden times …
A list of poultry dishes, plus a warning in red about paying for extra seating. Was that a holdover from the Great Depression, or something? Was there a big problem with groups of people trying to save money by all sharing one dish?
Here we have some appetizers from the “American” section of the menu. Okay, first I’m bewildered by tomato juice being listed as an appetizer (to be fair, it was also included on a list of soups on another page of this menu). And second … SHRIMP COCKTAIL WAS $2.00?????
You know this is the fancy section of the menu because all of these dishes are over $3.00 (!!!) and because of the fancy language. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve seen the word “surmounted” on a menu!
We got to this page of the menu, and just as I was starting to fixate on the chop suey dishes, my boyfriend exclaimed, “Oh, right! Remember how you used to order Chinese food this way? Something from column A and something from column B?” I stared at him in bewilderment because, no, that was before my time and I’d never ordered food that way. But the more I thought about it, some old memories reactivated in the back of my brain and I remembered that I’d heard old comedians making “something from column A and something from column B” jokes that had gone over my head at the time. This page is also notable because it’s the last page of the menu and HERE’S where they give you another price warning in case you were thinking of taking up space and not actually ordering anything.
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