I found this 1938 copy of the Ladies’ Home Journal at a thrift store about a year ago.
77 year doesn’t seem all that far away but looking through this magazine it feels like an alien civilization. It’s especially evident in the ads, look at this super sexist ad for canned fruit:
Or this cigarette ad advising you to smoke at least 6 packs of Camels to see the difference it makes in your nerves:
Even the more mundane ads are targeted at solving problems no woman has anymore:
One of the ads, however, caught my eye as it was a product I’ve seen in real life:
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.
Along with a variety of the old die plates:
I bought a donor press from the ARC a few weeks later, another Mirro press of an even later design:
Although a little frankenstein looking… together they work wonderfully.
To try out my press I used this recipe, and a simple glaze:
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.