DO NOT Write Your Name and Address on Eggs

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I love to browse through hundred-year-old magazines. Sometimes I just need to smile. Today, is one of those days.

Here is an important “warning” in the March, 1915 issue of Farm Journal.

Warning Notice to Girls

It is time to put a stop to that silly, dangerous practice some girls have of writing their names and addresses upon eggs and packages of produce sent out from their home farms.

I once overheard a well-known man-about-town, whose character is not what it should be, boast to a circle of men friends that, in connection with the boiled eggs served him for breakfast, there was the name and address of a girl he hoped would prove a rustic beauty; and that he had already begun a correspondence with her.

Now is not this a situation to make all decent, respectable persons sit up and take notice?

43 thoughts on “DO NOT Write Your Name and Address on Eggs

  1. So like the social media warnings of today! Young women trying to escape the isolation and boredom of their farm life. Do you think this is something your grandmother would have done?

    1. hmm. . . Yes, I think that could see her doing something like this. I like how you describe why young women did it. Somehow it seems like a fairly harmless way to add a little fun to their lives.

  2. Even before the days of “for a good time, call…” the impulse was there. That’s really funny. Honestly, it’s a bit like putting a message in a bottle and tossing it into the surf, or tying a message to a helium-filled balloon. All that seems to be saying, “I wonder who’s out there, and I wonder if they’ll respond?”

  3. I love all the responses here! They all crossed my mind. Of course, the warning was to the girls (potential “victims”) and no admonishment to the potential perpetrators. Things have hardly changed.

    1. That’s a good analogy. I love it that you still throw the odd one in. I don’t live near an ocean, but it’s fun to think about what I might put in a note to send off in a bottle. 🙂

  4. This reminds me of something . . . and I can’t quite come up with what. Young women including notes with the socks they knit for Civil War soldiers? Maybe–I’ll have to go look for it. A friend of mine put her business card in a handsome stranger’s coat pocket at a bar once–it turned into quite a nice relationship!

    1. I think I once heard that the “Rosie the Riveters” who assembled airplanes during WWII sometimes hid notes in the planes that they hoped the pilots would find.

  5. That is so funny! Now we are warning young people not to give personal info like that on the internet! I can’t imagine finding an egg in a store bought carton with someone’s address on it! 🙂

    1. I hadn’t thought about it from that angle; but you’re absolutely right, it would seem really, really weird if I opened an egg carton and saw an egg with a note on it.

  6. That’s so funny. I think I would be worried to find a person’s address on my egg but I can see potential for some fun greetings or egg art to liven up the egg tray and the customer’s day.

    1. I hadn’t thought about it quite that way–but I can see how it could be concerning to get a person’s name on an egg. Why did they write their name on the egg? Are they being held hostage or something?

  7. It reminds me of my first year of teaching at Johnson Teacher’s College in Johnson, Vermont. I shared a house with several other single ladies. Great care was taken to keep our food purchases separate, so we each had to write our name on each egg we purchased. Honest! (It wasn’t my idea.)

    1. This brings back memories the petty issues that sometimes arose in dorms and other shared living arrangements when I was young. There are some things that I don’t miss as I get older. 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness — if the egg writing naysayers could get into a time machine and suddenly be in 2015 they’d probably be shocked. LOL just picturing it.

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