Scheduled vs. unscheduled snack?

To follow up on my promise from the other day, here are more treasures from Family Meals and Hospitality.

This text book from 1951 was written by three university professors, Dora S. Lewis, who was the Chair of the Department of Home Economics at Hunter College in NYC, and Gladys Citek Peckham and Helen Stone Hovey, both from the Department of Home Economics in the School of Education at New York University.

When I was in High School, we had Home Ec classes although few guys took them and anyone who was thought to be college material was generally steered away from them by the Guidance Counselors.  I’m guessing that this text was intended for those classes.

I had thought that Home Ec had disappeared from the educational landscape but a quick survey on the internet (thank you Google) reveals that it isn’t gone, it’s just masquerading as a social science. Usually labeled as Family and Consumer Studies or Family and Consumer Sciences it includes topics such as nutrition, family relationships, consumer education, child development and managing money along with the old standbys, cooking, cleaning and sewing, now called clothing.  I can’t comment on the quality of the current curricula as taught at a variety of well-respected universities, but I can only hope that it has improved over what Mss. Lewis, Peckham and Hovey offered.

Here are a few examples from their text; some quaint, unintentionally funny or  just plain weird.

The well stocked refrigerator

Well- stocked indeed, 6 quarts of milk, parfait dessert ready to go, an attractive jello mold and lord knows what’s in “frozen storage.”

An informal and unscheduled ice-tray treat is one of the pleasantest features of family life.

Meanwhile in this fridge we have – 8 dozen eggs? It looks like an equal amount of oranges in the bowl on top. Unscheduled ice-tray treat, mmm!  And my mother would say – “Close the door, what were you? Born in a barn?”  But, I’ve always loved the colors in these off-set printed images – the combination of their flatness and saturation creates an unreal luridness that I find quite appealing.

Plan to manage your outside job and your home duties together. Here, the wife came home and started supper preparations, the husband picked up supplies on his way home.

And if she doesn’t pay attention, she’ll end up with her fingertip in the mashed potatoes!  This would be better if I could connect it to some bouncy 50’s era TV theme music.

One wonders what sort of table would have been needed to serve the brownies formally.

Pulling taffy

I wanted to call this, “Pull my finger” but Jeanne wouldn’t let me. Gee, I miss those fun evenings of taffy pulling.

Well, enough fun at other people’s expense.

6 thoughts on “Scheduled vs. unscheduled snack?

  1. Laughed out loud at the wooden table comment. hilarious!

    I love old cookbooks and textbooks, too. I was reading a cookbook recently and the baking directions were to “cook in a quick oven.” HuH? Temp? Time? Crazy

    I loved home ec in high school, except the sewing part. Would rather cook any day of the week .. great post! 🙂 MJ

  2. Fun post, Curt!

    My 16-year-old is taking “Culinary Tech” in Grade 11 this year. Apparently, they’re going to spend two months learning cooking terms…what fun…NOT! They did get to bake and decorate 500 cupcakes for the Grade 8 Open House. She also learned how to make “Tuxedo Strawberries” (strawberries dipped in white and regular chocolate).

    I have quite a collection of old cookbooks…community ones are my favourites!



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