Modern Woman Mondays: The Canister Vac That Can’t

No matter the suction of this mod canister vacuum, it can’t clean up all the pattern clutter in this vintage photo. Via.

Modern Woman Mondays: Shopping With Points

I’m guessing from this vintage ephemera set I’ve listed that Emling Products was, if not like S&H Green Stamps, operating some sort of point rewards system for shoppers back in the day. I don’t know anything about Emling. If you do, please share!

A vintage Seasons Greetings holiday card with poinsettias on the front. Inside it reads:


Just as friendship grows and flourishes at the Holiday Season, so it is our sincere wish that our business relationship shall grow in mutual understanding and strength.

Best of everything for Christmas and New Year’s.
From the EMLING “Business Family”

I think it might be a Gibson greeting card — on back: E. 63, made in USA, what looks like a G.Co. It’s one of those “money” sized greeting cards, measuring roughly 8 by 3 1/2 inches.

Tucked inside, a gift certificate for “Five Hundred Merchandise Points” which reads as follows:

You may use these points at any time to obtain merchandise listed in our point catalogue. Ask your Emling representative for our point catalogue.

When you purchase Emling Products your representative will give you additional point coupons throughout the year.

Gift certificate measures approximately 8 by 3 1/2 inches. At the bottom of the paper gift certificate: copyright GOES 417.

Craft Scan Friday: Sales Demonstration For Candle Making

A sales demonstration for Glo Candles, circa 1950s. Found in The Glo Candle For All Occasions, The Glow Candle Co., Kansas City, Missouri; copyright 1952 and 1956 by Consumers Cooperative Association.

Modern Woman Mondays: Gelatin Edition

After WWII and continuing through the 1960s, an emphasis on kitschy culinary arts kept little women busy in their places: the kitchen. How else do you explain the Joys Of Jell-O?

Perhaps the best thing about the miracle of gelatin based foods was the fact that, other than boiling water, one didn’t ruin their makeup in the heat. No, I don’t think the best thing was food stuff themselves… So bright, yet so wrong. Vegetables? Waldorf Salad? Shrimp?! Even the photos of the desserts make my teeth hurt. …Although that Jell-O and ice cream gum-drop number might be worth it. For more on the miracle of gelatin foods, check out Retro Mimi (my interview with her here) and my Things Your Grandmother Knew blog.