First, here are yesterday's comments:
- Gena Philibert-Ortega wrote: "Thanks so much for sharing this. Recipes are so important to a family history archive. Did any of the recipes give you a clue to who the original owner was?"
- Jo Ott wrote: "My mother passed away leaving such a collection of recipes and I can assure you none will ever end up in such a sale. Gena is correct -- such collections are as important to family history as the furniture, the house, the photos left behind."
- And, on a different note, Wendyvee of Wendyvee's RoadsideWonders.net wrote: "One of my favorite 'Twitter-ers' tests vintage recipes often. She also photographs her husband's reactions to her culinary experiments and he cracks me up nearly every time with his facial expressions -- http://www.midcenturymenu.com/"
Now on to the business of determining the former owner of this plastic box of recipes. I combed through the full contents last night, and, unfortunately, I did not find a definitive answer. But some clues and possibilities have surfaced.
The best possibility is this PetRecipe card, which is pre-printed with the name Frances Ludwig. Some unknown company of long ago offered the customized cards.
The question is: Was Frances Ludwig the owner of this recipe collection, or did Frances Ludwig give some of these cards, printed with her name, to the still-unknown owner of this collection? There are only two recipe cards like this in the box -- the above one for lime chiffon pie and one for cherry delight. As my wife points out, however, the style of handwriting on these two cards is not like the clean printing that appears on the majority of the recipe cards. So perhaps that's another strike against the idea of Frances Ludwig being the owner of this collection.
Many of the cards, as I suspect is common, feature the name of the person who originally provided the recipe. It's possible that some of those names could lead us to identity of the owner of the plastic box. Here are some of them:
By the way, I love the illustration of the old-fashioned stove with the cat sleeping under it on Swemley's recipe card:
Some of the other names that appear on recipe cards in this box are: Emilie A., B. Minker, Zenie Adamson, Connie and Mirka. Help spread this blog post around southcentral Pennsylvania and let's see if these names and scraps of information ring any bells for anyone.
Finally, as promised, here's a recipe from the box for turketti, if you're looking to make something adventurous this weekend:
1¼ cup spaghetti - 3 oz.
1½ to 2 cups cold turkey
½ cup cooked ham (optional)
¼ cup minced pimento
¼ cup minced green pepper
1 10 oz. mushroom soup
½ cup of broth
⅛ teaspoon celery
½ small onion - grated
6 oz. grated sharp cheese
Cook spaghetti until barely tender. Drain. To spaghetti add rest of ingredients except ½ cup of cheese. Toss lightly. Pour into 1½ quart casserole. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Refrigerate. About 1 hour before start heating oven to 350. Bake uncovered 45 min. (4 servings)