18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, November 26, 1913: Ditto
Woman’s Work in preparing appetizing and wholesome food is lightened by this famous baking powder.
It adds healthful qualities to food.
ROYAL Baking Powder
Made from pure, grape cream of tartar
Do not use alum baking powders. They may not always be distinguished by their price; but generally, powders that are sold for ten to twenty-five cents a pound, or a cent an ounce, are made from alum. Use in your food only a baking powder whose label shows it is made from cream of tartar.
Royal Baking Powder Co., New York
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share a hundred-year-old advertisement for Royal Baking Powder.
On this date, both a hundred years ago and now, kitchens are filled with people baking awesome desserts in preparation for Thanksgiving Day.
I’m on the final countdown getting ready for Thanksgiving. I’m worrying about a lot of things (reminder to self: remember to dust the top shelf of the book-case; some of the guests will be tall)—Do I need to add baking powder to my list of worries?
The line about “women’s work” also grates on me–though I know that women did most of the cooking a hundred years ago.