Friday, January 31, 2014

Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster, ca 1950's

Sunbeam toaster inside its cozy.
A toaster might seem like an odd thing to write about on a family blog but it's still here and it still works!  Maybe the toaster was a wedding gift to Ria and Nathan Moran back in 1954 or maybe not.  The photograph of Ria in her kitchen was taken when they were newly married and still living in Germany.   I've pointed out very prominently the Sunbeam Toaster.  :) 

You may have noticed that Ria is holding a book.  If I were a betting woman I'd say it's a cookbook.  Ria wasn't a natural cook and most likely if it didn't come out of a recipe book or a magazine then it wasn't going to be on the menu in her house!  I'll never forget her standing in the kitchen at Thanksgiving with a recipe book in hand, her reading glasses on and several ingredients, bowls, and utensils waiting to become dinner.    

When I first met Kent he talked about his mother's famous "secret" chocolate cake recipe.  I once asked her for the recipe but she wouldn't give it to me.  Later, through trial and error, I found that she used the recipe off the box of Hershey's cocoa!  :)

Anyway, back to the toaster.   It's still in use at our home and is the only toaster we own. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

St Louis Sight-Seeing Automobiles

Souvenir ticket from St. Louis. 

Parks--Boulevards--Historical Points
from specially designed and equipped
sight-seeing automobiles
Tickets $1.00 The Round Trip, on sale at all railroad ticket
offices, news stands, hotels, and at our offices, 1805 Market street and
S.E. Cor. Eighth and Olive streets.
The Autos can be chartered for day or evening rides,
theatre box parties, receptions, conventions, etc.
Phone, Main 5095

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Better Sox Knitting Mills, 1921

In 1921, if you wanted to purchase special products such as socks made from "Pure Japan Thread Silk" you probably didn't buy them in Dresden, TN.  You wrote to the company and they would send you thread samples and pricing information.  And that's just what Charles H. Moran did.  He liked the company so much he kept the envelope, thread sample and order form.  Interestingly enough the thread samples look brand new! 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Boy in Formal Kilt Attire

As with most things in the Victorian Era the kilt for boys became fashionable after Queen Victoria began dressing her sons in kilts. However, the appeal of the kilt probably was special to American mothers who were not ready to see their darling sons don long pants or even long kneepants yet.  It was commonplace back then for young boys and girls to wear dresses.  The kilt filled the gap between dresses and long kneepants as did Lord Fauntleroy and sailor suits. 
According to Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, Aschylus William Monfort  was a photographer in Burlington from 1865 to about 1881 but he and his partner George Hill photographed well into the 1890's which is when I think our Kilt Boy was taken.
It's very possible this young fellow is a distant Cowardin relative from Iowa.