The American Home Menu Maker: 1950s Recipe Box

I recently purchased a vintage recipe box that was full of recipes that dated from the 1950s to the 1980s. Many of the recipes were handwritten (my favorite), some were cut from food boxes, and others were pre-printed and probably came with the original recipe box.

The box is huge and heavy. It measures 13 inches long and holds standard-sized recipe cards. It reminds me of a safe deposit box.

Upon completing some research on the box, I found a copy of the original magazine advertisement that contained the following quotes:

“A gift for Christmas she will like.” How’s that for a catchy advertising campaign?

And, “Just the thing to give those friends who take pride in the efficiency and appearance of their kitchens. It is one of the most practical and simple methods ever devised for making instantly available all the delicious recipes your friends gather from current magazines, newspapers, and the grocer.”

According to the ad, it originally cost one dollar and you could buy a set of 212 recipes for an additional fifty cents. What a bargain.

 

The box was full of hundreds of great vintage recipes including many I had never heard of.

Here are some of the recipe names:

Sunshine Pickles

Scone Loaf

Stuffed Egg Salad

Pecan Balls

Wartime Pear Upside Down Cake

Prune Cake

Oriental Meatball Hors d’oeurves

Vegetable Bacon Bread

Orange Bread

Shrimp Sugar Snappers

Hot Spiced Fruit

Walnut Butter Crunch

Macaroni and Frankfurter Casserole

Mushroom and Tuna Fish Surprise

Molded Crabmeat Salad

Boiled Salad Dressing

Creole Celery

Mock Indian Pudding

Now a couple of these recipes did not sound too exciting to me, for example, Mushroom and Tuna Fish Surprise, but there were quite a few that piqued my interest. It is fun to try new recipes and I can tell the homemaker who owned this recipe box enjoyed trying different things.

What a great nostalgic find. It is available in my etsy shop.

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