Saturday, September 26, 2009

50s Friday

A couple of months ago, I bid on a stack of vintage Good Housekeeping Magazines on eBay.  I love looking at old magazines and the pictures in these 5 GHs looked fun.  Our tiny kitchen has a 1950s vibe to it, so I thought I could frame some '50s magazine ads as artwork on the kitchen walls. 

When the box of magazines arrived, I was really happy with their condition -- they were nearly perfect.  BUT they smelled horrible.  You know that old musty paper smell?  Multiple that by 100.  These mags had to have been in somebody's damp basement.  It was so bad that I just stuck them in the back of a cabinet until I figured out what to do.  I consulted ex-con Martha Stewart's website but her advice included purchasing 2 new metal trash cans and charcoal; the instructions were complicated.  I wasn't that invested in these magazines.  So I tore out the pages I liked and tossed the rest of them.  I tore out a lot.  Several were framed (as you saw in this post) but I saved some specifically to share with you.  I'm going to post them every Friday (hence the snazzy title "'50s Friday") so you can laugh, reminisce, razz, whatever.

So here's the first one.  There were SO many ads for Jello molds -- Lee fell in love with them (I don't know why either).  This lovely one is so, um, special.  Would you eat this?


Anonymous said...

That jello looks gross!

I have a solution for the smell of old paper. Put them in a container (like a plastic bin with a lid) with several open boxes of baking soda (not sprinkled in there - just the boxes with the tops torn off). Leave it for a week or so and you will be surprised). I've done it with old books, etc. -Nate's Gramma

Jen said...

I've never been a fan of desserts that used a jello mold- bleck. This one looks especially gross- what is all that white fluff surrounding it? Whipped cream? Even more gross.

In case I haven't made myself clear, no I would not eat this :(

Anonymous said...

I love vintage ads as well . . . spent quite some time yesterday browsing an antique mall looking at similar stuff. What is it about old ads that appeal to us? I don't know. However cookbooks from that time are quite fun also! -- lindybasenji

Tammy said...

There is NO way I would eat that dessert just by the look of it. OMG