29 thoughts on “1922 H-O Oats (Hornby’s Oats) Advertisement

    1. Your comment identified another terminology difference. Oatmeal in the US; porridge in the UK. The list we’re informally compiling is getting longer.

      1. Porridge is what you make from oatmeal. And most of us use ”porridge oats – meal milled flat to make cooking quicker and easier. Some people use (ugh!) instant porridge which I think is an oaty powder stirred into hot milk.

  1. I’d never bumped into ‘dextrinizing,’ but now I’ve found innumerable articles about dextrinization: the browning of starch foods when subjected to dry heat. Having already learned something at 6:15 a.m., I’m off to have a bowl of oatmeal!

  2. Wonderful to see this hundred-year-old ad, Sheryl. I guess back then only boys played outside in the snow…fortunately not the case anymore. Interesting to read their process with the oats, and I always smile in those old ads at the way they used to give out free samples. Wonderful post.

    1. I also enjoy the old ads. They provide so many clues about the culture and the times. It is fascinating how old ads often invited readers to request free samples. Not sure why that was done so much back then. It seems like it would have been relatively costly to send out free samples to everyone who requested it. I wonder how many people actually requested free samples.

    1. I’ve never tried oatmeal with buttermilk – though I’ve often stirred water into steel-cut oatmeal the evening before I eat it. You’re comment makes me want to give it a try with buttermilk.

  3. Thanks for reminding me I planned to have oatmeal this morning. I never heard of the kind mentioned above though. I guess it faded away in the last 100 years.

  4. Oatmeal is truly a comfort food whether your cold or not feeling up to full speed. Love the little fellaโ€™s expression; also the shovel is about as big as he is.๐Ÿ˜Š

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