~ Scan from Mrs. Gover’s copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook, 1894. Other bits and pieces from Mrs. Gover’s book can be found using my “Gover" tag.

~ Scan from Mrs. Gover’s copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook, 1894. Other bits and pieces from Mrs. Gover’s book can be found using my “Gover" tag.

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~ advertisement for Female Filosofy, by Rev. L. E. Keith (“Felix Feeler”), 1894This ad was part of a newspaper clipping from The Preacher’s Helper which was found in Mrs. Gover’s copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook. There is no date on the clipping, but the book was published in 1894 and can be read for free at Google Books, if you are so inclined. Other bits and pieces from Mrs. Gover’s book can be found using my “Gover" tag."50 wonderfully delightful pictures; any person who does not enjoy the pictures in this book must be made of boiler iron. […] Buy this book. It will please you."

~ advertisement for Female Filosofy, by Rev. L. E. Keith (“Felix Feeler”), 1894

This ad was part of a newspaper clipping from The Preacher’s Helper which was found in Mrs. Gover’s copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook. There is no date on the clipping, but the book was published in 1894 and can be read for free at Google Books, if you are so inclined. Other bits and pieces from Mrs. Gover’s book can be found using my “Gover" tag.

"50 wonderfully delightful pictures; any person who does not enjoy the pictures in this book must be made of boiler iron. […] Buy this book. It will please you."

~ Kellogg’s Corn Flakes booklet, found in Mrs. Gover’s copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook. Exact date unknown, but according to Wikipedia, Kellogg’s started using WAXTITE packaging in 1914.(click to enlarge)"Most cereals take lots of cream. Kellogg’s is the one breakfast food that is really good with plain milk.”Front cover:Back cover:
~ Kellogg’s Corn Flakes booklet, found in Mrs. Gover’s copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook. Exact date unknown, but according to Wikipedia, Kellogg’s started using WAXTITE packaging in 1914.
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"Most cereals take lots of cream. Kellogg’s is the one breakfast food that is really good with plain milk.”

Front cover:


Back cover:
As a follow-up to my last post, here are a few of the clippings and notes that Mrs. F. S. Gover tucked into her copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook (1896). Other information about the book can be found under my “Gover” tag.And if anyone knows the answer to the temperance riddle, please let me know because I haven’t got a clue… UPDATE: Thank you to djgagnon for the answer to the Temperance Riddle:”Nothing”.
As a follow-up to my last post, here are a few of the clippings and notes that Mrs. F. S. Gover tucked into her copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook (1896). Other information about the book can be found under my “Gover” tag.







And if anyone knows the answer to the temperance riddle, please let me know because I haven’t got a clueUPDATE: Thank you to djgagnon for the answer to the Temperance Riddle:”Nothing”.
In the Beginning…

I was poking around in an antique shop in Havre de Grace, Maryland (home of the Duck Decoy museum!); it was my favorite kind of antique shop: cluttered, dusty, and full of misc odds and ends that had been shoved into corners and then forgotten about. In the basement, on the top of a metal shelf full of damaged books, I found a copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook, dated 1896. The book had obviously seen a lot of use and was in pretty bad shape but something made me open it up and on the inside cover I saw that someone had written her name: “Mrs. F. S. Gover”. Flipping through it I could see that at some point before the pages became too brittle someone - presumably Mrs. Gover - had threaded a needle through several pages and left it there. Looking further through the book I discovered that she had left other bits and pieces of her life inside it: pressed flowers and leaves, newspaper clippings, advertisements, receipts, another needle…

And that was the beginning of my obsession with historical advice and advertisements. Standing in that basement I realized that this wasn’t a book that had been left to sit on a shelf somewhere while its owner got on with her life; this book had been referred to often and used frequently. At some point it had been repaired with newspaper (see picture of inside back cover below), and it was important enough to her that she chose it as a place to save her memories (flowers, leaves).

In a time when information was something people had to actively seek out - rather than attempt to filter and “manage” as we do now - this book was an important resource and I like to imagine Mrs. F. S. Gover picking it up whenever she found herself wondering how to tell if her cake was done (“You may know the cake is done when it leaves the sides of the pan; when it will not stick to broom splint when stuck in centre of cake or when you no longer hear it sing when held close to the ear”), or how to restore her velvet dress (“When velvet gets crushed from pressure, hold the parts over a basin of hot water, with the lining of the dress next to the water. The pile will soon rise and assume its original beauty”).

Although I have collected other books since then, this one is still my favorite. I don’t know anything about Mrs. Gover other than what she left in this book, but I would like use this post to officially dedicate Centuries of Advice and Advertisements to her. I’ve started a new category for her book so that all her information will be available in one place. The tag is “Gover”.

Here are some photos of her book. They aren’t very good because I am completely photography-challenged and after several attempts these were the best of the bunch, but I have managed to scan some of the inserts and will post those shortly.

In the Beginning…

I was poking around in an antique shop in Havre de Grace, Maryland (home of the Duck Decoy museum!); it was my favorite kind of antique shop: cluttered, dusty, and full of misc odds and ends that had been shoved into corners and then forgotten about. In the basement, on the top of a metal shelf full of damaged books, I found a copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook, dated 1896. The book had obviously seen a lot of use and was in pretty bad shape but something made me open it up and on the inside cover I saw that someone had written her name: “Mrs. F. S. Gover”. Flipping through it I could see that at some point before the pages became too brittle someone - presumably Mrs. Gover - had threaded a needle through several pages and left it there. Looking further through the book I discovered that she had left other bits and pieces of her life inside it: pressed flowers and leaves, newspaper clippings, advertisements, receipts, another needle…

And that was the beginning of my obsession with historical advice and advertisements. Standing in that basement I realized that this wasn’t a book that had been left to sit on a shelf somewhere while its owner got on with her life; this book had been referred to often and used frequently. At some point it had been repaired with newspaper (see picture of inside back cover below), and it was important enough to her that she chose it as a place to save her memories (flowers, leaves).

In a time when information was something people had to actively seek out - rather than attempt to filter and “manage” as we do now - this book was an important resource and I like to imagine Mrs. F. S. Gover picking it up whenever she found herself wondering how to tell if her cake was done (“You may know the cake is done when it leaves the sides of the pan; when it will not stick to broom splint when stuck in centre of cake or when you no longer hear it sing when held close to the ear”), or how to restore her velvet dress (“When velvet gets crushed from pressure, hold the parts over a basin of hot water, with the lining of the dress next to the water. The pile will soon rise and assume its original beauty”).

Although I have collected other books since then, this one is still my favorite. I don’t know anything about Mrs. Gover other than what she left in this book, but I would like use this post to officially dedicate Centuries of Advice and Advertisements to her. I’ve started a new category for her book so that all her information will be available in one place. The tag is “Gover”.

Here are some photos of her book. They aren’t very good because I am completely photography-challenged and after several attempts these were the best of the bunch, but I have managed to scan some of the inserts and will post those shortly.