March 10, 2011

{I struck gold}


I just love this "jewel" I found on my recent trip to my
Goodwill Store...

It's an antique accordian file filled with delightful recipes!
There are wonderful old booklets...dating back to 1913!

Handwritten recipes on cards, envelope flaps....etc.
from the 1930's  40's and 50's!
 

One of the recipes was written on a sheet of personal stationary...
could these recipes all have belonged to Myldred?
Through vital records I discovered that she was born in 1897 
and died in 1984 at the age of 87!
She lived close to where my daughter lives now!

More vintage recipes she had collected were found
under the lids of Spry shortening containers...

Many of her recipes were cut out from 
newspapers and magazines!
What made her choose each one?

She even started this list of the hit radio songs of the day
from the Chesterfield Cigarette Radio Show 1944!

I just love looking through this treasure chest of memories and recipes...
glimpsing into bygone days....
What was Myldred  thinking as she chose her favorites and cooked for her family?
Did she have the same concerns, hopes and dreams as we do today!
I feel honored to hold each piece in my hand admiring her hand writing
and reading her suggestions and instructions!

I can't wait to get starting cooking & baking 
from this wonderful collection!
Thanks, Myldred

37 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful discovery! Something to be treasured and to be enjoyed! I know some of the recipes will be worth passing on to others! This really is a great find! WOW! ♥

Pammy Sue said...

Such a treasure! I love finding things like that. I always look for cookbooks with handwritten notes like that. Lucky you.

Blondie's Journal said...

I admit that the title of your post caught me off guard, but you did right choosing it! What a treasure trove in that file. I feel the same curiosity you do about Myldred! How lucky you are, Carrie! :-)

XO,
Jane

Deb said...

how cool....I need to go to Goodwill....thanks for sharing with us..

Neicee said...

Wow How nice for you..I often look at my stuff and think...WIll my kids send to good will?

LDH said...

Wow, this is a fantastic find! This past weekend, I visited our Goodwill and didn't find anything special. I never do! We do much better at garage sales and they will begin when the weather warms up.

Linda said...

Awesome! What a great treasure you found! I plan to make a trip this weekend to our Goodwill. Hope I find some good treasures on my hunt.
Linda

Diane Mars said...

Now that is a great find... I too love thinking about just what might that lady of the house have up her sleeve for the family supper...now you must share your items you bake from her treasured files! oxox, your sis

Anxiety Cures said...

Wow! These are all lovely pieces! I like it much.

Anxiety Self Help said...

These are adorable and pretty treasures!

vintagegirl said...

WOW ~ You really did strike gold! How exciting and hope you enjoy making some delicious recipes...hopefully you'll share some of them:)

Sharon

vivian said...

I sometimes wonder what will become of all my STUFF someday. Will someone think of them as treasures? I hope so. It is fun to have something old and to think about who the owner was, and how they used or displayed something. or how they used their hands to create something.
what a sweet find you have!
have fun with it
vivian

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Very cool! I have my Grandma's cookbook from 1941! It's so cool!She had written in it too.
Have fun with your new recipes.
Warmly,
deb

Aly said...

That is so neat! You'll have to share some of the recipes as you make them!

Lori E said...

That is a treasure for sure. It always makes me sad to see personal stuff like that at a goodwill store.

kluless said...

This is such a wonderful find! I love things like this and speculating about the woman and her life. I have always said there is an amazing picture you can get of a woman's life from her sewing box and I think the same can be said for her recipe box. Enjoy!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

It is amazing!

Lee Ann said...

hi there,I am usually just a reader, but wanted to say that thi really is a little treasure! I just love reading old handwritten recipes, looking forward to seeing what you make with these treasures x

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow this is an amazing foodie find can't wait to see what you cook with it

LuLu Kellogg said...

Ohhhhhhh you lucky girl to have found this! What a treasure!

Thank you so much for coming by my Blog for a visit!!

LuLu~*xoxo

Creative Breathing said...

Oh Carrie! This type of post makes my heart sing. I love every day things collected in the hopes someone many years away will know they were important to you. This treasure has found just the right home with you. I can't wait to see if any of the Spry shortening recipes are good! Happy spring wishes to you! Elizabeth

JennyMay said...

ok...truth, I am jealous. What a wonderful find! Good for you!

Florence and Mary said...

WOW that is some find! I'm rather jealous!

Have a great weekend,

Victoria xx

Lyndsey said...

You lucky dog you! What a treasure you found, I could spend all day going through that. I have my grandmother's Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, and she had a lot of recipes cut out from magazines and newspapers and even off the Gold Medal Flour box. This is my last day of spring break...I'm going to Goodwill :D

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

What a wonderful find! I'm so happy that it was brought home, by you, who will treasure it.

But isn't it sad, that it ended up in a Good Will Store? Sad...

But now you have it and all is well.

Gentle hugs...

Catherine said...

I found some old magazines last week and i enjoy reading them!Hugs Catherine

Country Dreaming said...

How fun for you!
What a great find.

Melinda

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, I am so impressed. Love the vintage things you found. Very interesting information on Myldred.
I hope someone is this excited about my stuff when my kids through it out!!!

pollydove said...

What a fun find Carrie! Talk about a vintage treasure!!!! Enjoy those recipes! ;)

Jenn said...

How neat~

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

You really did find a treasure, Carrie. I hope you will share a recipe or two that you try. When I find family pictures, I always wonder how come no one wanted them.
This recipe file is so personal, it makes you wonder why it ended up at GW. Kinda sad, but it found a happy ending ending up in your hands.

Katherines Corner said...

What wonderful finds!!!! Hugs

Sewn With Grace said...

You truly did strike gold! How wonderful to have found this. Can't wait to hear how the recipes turn out!

Heidi said...

Now, THIS is a find! Very cool!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful treasure you found! I would have loved going through that according file too.

Lori said...

Now that is what I call a true gem!!!! I have collected many of the vintage small cookbook treasures and adore them! Lori

Abbey and Kevin said...

I am really jealous of your find. Any chance you would mind sharing a few with me? I am doing old recipes in sets for some of my aunts as a Christmas gift and would love a few more!

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