Dr. Price’s Vanilla Extract Advertisement

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, June 6, 1914:  Same as ever.1914-04-60 a

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share this advertisement for vanilla extract that appeared in the April, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

20 Responses

  1. What a large sized bottle!

    • The way it was drawn in the ad might make it look bigger than it really was. I can see that it says on the label that it is 1/8 pint: 2 oz.

  2. Poor Grandma…. her fans will be happy when she has a little excitement in her life and something to write in her diary!

    • That’s one of the fun challenges of using a diary as the basis for this blog. There are the inevitable ups and downs in what was happening in her life–some days there’s lots of interesting things, and others very little.

      I guarantee that there will be some more interesting things in Grandma’s future entries.

  3. Vanilla extract had alcohol in it back in the day, didn’t it?! ;)

  4. Very cute ad!!! And would you know…back then they were using a word we are starting to see more of now…”deliciousness.”

  5. Ahh everything is better with a little flavouring, right?
    Diana xo

  6. Makes me want to bake something :)

  7. Hiding in the closet drinking vanilla?

  8. I figure Grandma needed to take a breather from writing much. I hope she perks up soon.
    Wonderful advert.

    • I agree. . . the diary definitely has it’s ups and downs. . . and Grandma seems likes she’s been in the doldrums for the past few days.

  9. I bought a large bottle of vanilla in Mexico about 8 years ago. I may never use it all!

    • You’ll have to back more. :)

      I never really thought about where vanilla originated until I noticed in this ad that it says to comes from Mexico. It’s interesting that it’s still produced there.

  10. I enjoy it when you add adds and little tid bits from 100 yrs ago. Interesting to read from one of your readers that it had alcohol in it, no wonder they liked to bake back then!! ;)

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