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Christmas Past – 8 in a series – A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote [Video]

December 8th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 8 in a series – A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote [Video]

This is one of Rosanne’s favorite stories and favorite production of the story from 1966.

“A Christmas Memory” is a short story by Truman Capote. Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December 1956, it was reprinted in The Selected Writings of Truman Capote in 1963. It was issued in a stand-alone hardcover edition by Random House in 1966, and it has been published in many editions and anthologies since.

The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.

Now a holiday classic, “A Christmas Memory” has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions. — Wikipedia

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Christmas Past – 7 in a series – Woman’s Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney

December 7th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 7 in a series – Woman’s Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney

Christmas Past - 7 in a series - Woman's Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney



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Christmas Past – 6 in a series – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (FREE) via the Gutenberg Project

December 6th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 6 in a series – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (FREE) via the Gutenberg Project

One of my favorite Christmas stories and one that I read every year. In the past, I — along with friends — have streamed a live reading of the text the Sunday before Christmas. You’ll find links to past shows below. — Douglas

Christmas Past - 6 in a series - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (FREE) via the Gutenberg Project

Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the
undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name
was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old
Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there
is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined,
myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in
the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my
unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You
will, therefore, permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as
dead as a door-nail.

Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise?
Scrooge and he were partners for I don’t know how many years. Scrooge
was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his
sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner. And even
Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was
an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and
solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

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Christmas Past – 5 in a series – The Wishbook Web

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 5 in a series – The Wishbook Web

If you are looking for a deep walk through Christmas Past Nostalgia the Wish Book Web is sure to trigger many memories for you. I know it did for me, especially with these catalogs from the 1960s. I clearly remembering flipping through the pages and noting what I thought was really cool. Then I would circle the products and turn down the page corners so I could revisit them later. Check out your favorite catalog and then share your memories in the comments! — Douglas

Christmas Past - 5 in a series - The Wishbook Web

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Christmas Past – 3 in a series – Sunset Magazine (1902)

December 3rd, 2019 No comments
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A Bartender’s Library – An Online, Searchable Library for the Bartending Profession via EUVS Library

December 3rd, 2019 No comments
A Bartender's Library - An Online, Searchable Library for the Bartending Profession via euvslibrary.com

THE BARTENDING PROFESSION has a rich and varied history that only recently has come to light during the past two decades. Vintage cocktail and distillation books filled with recipes, techniques, and management procedures are being unearthed and collected at an unprecedented pace.

For the new generations of bartenders these rare volumes, dating from the 1820s through the 1940s, are financially out of reach. However, these sources of research are crucial to career development and creative inspiration as well as to personal advancement in a profession that has rediscovered a justifiable sense of pride and purpose.

Over the coming year, we will make available free, digitised versions of these classics that you can read online and search in a user-friendly, page-through format. With over 1,000 volumes at our access, we need your help in deciding which volumes you find most important to you as a bar professional.

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Christmas Past – 2 in a series – Saturday Evening Post (1930) by J. C. Leyendecker

December 2nd, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 2 in a series – Saturday Evening Post (1930) by J. C. Leyendecker

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From Wikipedia…

Joseph Christian Leyendecker (March 23, 1874 – July 25, 1951) was a German-American illustrator. He is considered to be one of the preeminent American illustrators of the early 20th century. He is best known for his poster, book and advertising illustrations, the trade character known as The Arrow Collar Man, and his numerous covers for The Saturday Evening Post.[1][2] Between 1896 and 1950, Leyendecker painted more than 400 magazine covers. During the Golden Age of American Illustration, for The Saturday Evening Post alone, J. C. Leyendecker produced 322 covers, as well as many advertisement illustrations for its interior pages. No other artist, until the arrival of Norman Rockwell two decades later, was so solidly identified with one publication.[3] Leyendecker “virtually invented the whole idea of modern magazine design.”[4]

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Christmas Past – 1 in a series – Old Christmas by Washington Irving (1908)

December 2nd, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 1 of a series – Old Christmas by Washington Irving

Christmas Past - 1 of a series - Old Christmas by Washington Irving

Christmas Past - 1 of a series - Old Christmas by Washington Irving

Washington Irving’s delightful account of a festive Christmas holiday includes five incomparable essays. Written well over a century ago, Irving’s sketches “celebrate the celebration” with heartwarming descriptions of Yuletide events. Irving recalls with warmth and wonder his many colorful experiences of a traditional Victorian Christmas while a guest at an English estate — from the Christmas Eve trip by a stagecoach filled with “rosy-cheeked boys” returning from school, and scenes of domestic hilarity during holiday games, to solemn services at the village church and the return home to a sumptuous holiday dinner. Enhanced with more than 100 charming illustrations by noted nineteenth-century artist Randolph Caldecott, this engaging book helped nurture America’s recognition of the holiday. Perfect for gift-giving, the collection elicits from a master American storyteller a magical remembrance of Christmas past.

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Historical Cooking Books – 42 in a series – Christmas recipes by Anna Lee Scott

December 1st, 2019 No comments

What might you find in these old cookbooks? What special recipes have been handed down to you? Share in the Comments!

Historical Cooking Books – 42 in a series – Christmas recipes by Anna Lee Scott

Historical Cooking Books - 42 in a series - Christmas recipes by Anna Lee Scott

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Christmas Dinner Menu No. 1

FRUIT-JUICE COCKTAIL
ROAST STUFFED TURKEY, CHICKEN OR VEAL
GIBLET OR MILK GRAVY
CRANBERRY JELLY BREAD SAUCE
RICED OR MASHED POTATOES
CREAMED CAULIFLOWER BAKED SQUASH
MINCE PIE CHEESE
COFFEE
FRUIT NUTS MINTS



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Historical Cooking Books – 41 in a series – The Boston Cooking School magazine of culinary science and domestic economics (1899)

November 25th, 2019 Comments off


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Historical Cooking Books – 41 in a series – The Boston Cooking School magazine of culinary science and domestic economics (1899)

Historical Cooking Books - 40 in a series - The Boston Cooking School magazine of culinary science and domestic economics (1899)

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THE UNTRAINED HAND.
A Study in Household Economics.
By Emma P. Ewing.

Of all the young women who have come under my instruction, as a teacher of household economics, not more than one in each twenty-five could sweep properly. And, as far as my observation extends, along domestic lines, this ratio will hold about the same in regard to women generally. As a rule, women, old or young, do not know how to hold a broom. When a woman takes hold of a broom, she places the right hand near the top of the handle and the left hand toward the broomcorn ; and, instead of changing and reversing her hands, as occasion requires, she keeps them in the same position during the entire time she is engaged in sweeping. Whether she sweeps to the right or to the left, the position of her hands remains unchanged, and her body is contorted and her muscles strained in a performance that would exercise those organs beneficially, if the hands were so trained that they could be used at will, and were changed as the changes in the position of the sweeper demanded.

 



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