I love books. Especially vintage books, pre-1950s. And if they’re cookbooks from the Great Depression or earlier, I love them even more.
They feel wonderful, as they are usually covered with cloth of some sort. The smell is somehow sentimental, with an aura of history and richness, serving as a reminder of a past era, another lifetime.
The Longfellow book, simply titled “Poems” (pictured above), is perhaps the oldest we own. It is so old that it is an undated copy, but after researching the publishing company (which existed from 1892-1902) and the cover style used, it appears to be from 1901.
Then, there’s another favorite: Edgar Allen Poe’s works, dated 1905.
How could I forget an early edition of Emily Post’s classic, Etiquette, in pristine condition…
It would be a treasure find a vintage Bible, perhaps from the early 1900s or so, one that was well-loved with the markings to prove it, don’t you think?
Vintage cookbooks are also a rare treasure in this day and age. Once upon a time, homemakers used real foods for cooking, rather than the chemical-laden, processed concoctions marketed as food today.
These vintage cookbooks span from 1931-1941, right from the era of the Great Depression.
And, since we are discussing Great Depression cooking, have you met Clara, of Great Depression Cooking with Clara? I think you’ll enjoy her and some of her ideas!