What does the Ladies’ Home Journal 1938 and Cookies Have in Common?

Ladies Home Journal 1938

I found this 1938 copy of the Ladies’ Home Journal at a thrift store about a year ago.

Ladies Home Journal 1938

77 year doesn’t seem all that far away but looking through this magazine it feelsĀ like an alien civilization. It’s especially evident in the ads, look at this super sexist ad for canned fruit:

Ladies Home Journal 1938Or this cigarette ad advising you to smoke at least 6 packs of Camels to see the difference it makes in your nerves:

Ladies Home Journal 1938

Even the more mundane ads are targeted at solving problems no woman has anymore:

Ladies Home Journal 1938

One of the ads, however, caught my eye as it was a product I’ve seen in real life:

Ladies Home Journal 1938

This cookie press made by Mirro is very similar to the one that I watched my Mom use every Christmas. Sure enough when I showed her the ad, she brought out the old box and it was made by Mirro all be it about 15 years later. The design is ever so slightly different, it no longer worked so she gave it to me.

Vintage Mirro Cookie Press

Along with a variety of the old die plates:

Vintage Mirro Cookie Press

I bought a donor press from the ARC a few weeks later, another Mirro press of an even later design:

Vintage Mirro Cookie Press

Although a little frankenstein looking… together they work wonderfully.

Vintage Mirro Cookie Press

To try out my press I used this recipe, and a simple glaze:

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

My Mom and my sister and I made spritz cookies with this press every year and it makes me very happy to think I will continue to do so.

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