Cupid's Book (1929)


by the Kiessling Publishing Co., Oakland, CA, 1929 printing. Hard to find. A sixty-four page cookery booklet for the new bride. Light blue covers, front cover is peach-pink with an art deco drawing of a bride in profile wearing a tight fitting cap and holding stylized flowers. It was offered free to new brides in hopes that they would patronize the local business advertisers and buy the mostly national products featured, from a San Fransisco baby photo studio to ads for Clorox and Durkee's Salad Dressing to Ghirardelli's Chocolate. From what I've learned, Kiessling offered this booklet, in one form or another, from the 'teens to the outbreak of World War II.

From the introduction: "'Cupid's Book' tested and choice recipes that can be relief upon as all of them have been approved by Home Economics Experts. Brides have depended upon this book for many years as it tells when every housewife should know...temperature to measure accurately...table settings...cuts of meat with diagrams...canning planning...and a wealth of further miscellaneous information invaluable to them."

Pages have yellowed, front cover faded, slight edge curling, coupon cards used; some slight staining, so Good Condition only (Acceptable).

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