Vintage Kitchen Kitsch Picks from eBay

Posted on Jul 27 2013 - 6:21am by RetroRuth

We have cocktails, SPAM, marshmallows and very, very thin bread this week from eBay!


Hormel Cookbook

Hormel Cookbook II

Hormel Cookbook III

Hormel Cookbook IV

Why I Want This: I could always use 253 more things to do with SPAM!

Vintage 1950’S Cocktail Opener W/Coctail Recipes Inside

Bottle Opener Bar Book

Bottle Opener Bar Book II

Why I Want This: Just when you think mid-century stuff couldn’t get any cooler…

Vintage Deans Dairy Products Country Charm Recipes Booklet

Dean's Short Cut Recipes

Why I Want This: Spring Preview Parfait looks like it deserves a whirl, and the salad on the front makes me want to see what other jewels are in this book.

Vintage Booklet Happy Hour Barguide 45 Prize Recipes

Happy Hour Bar Guide

Why I Want This: They look like they are all having a blast, don’t they? Especially the guy with the guitar.

1953 Campfire marshmallow & Apple Betty recipe vintage print ad

Marshmallow Apple Betty

Why I Want This: Marshmallows make everything a million times better.

Vintage ACE Slice-A-Slice Bread Slicer w/Original Box & Instructions/Recipes

Slice a Slice Very Thin Bread

Why I Want This: My bread is thin…but it could be thinner! It could be very thin! Seriously though, this could make some wicked cocktail sandwiches.

Vintage Print Ad 1936 SWIFT’S PREMIUM FRANKFURTS Recipe

Swift's Split Franfurters

Why I Want This: A hot dog stuffed with swiss cheese and relish, sprinkled with brown sugar and served on pineapple! Why didn’t I think of this?

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  1. David July 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I laughed when I saw the second photo down of “Grilled SPAM With Stuffed Eggs”. At first glance it appeared people had taken bites out of the entire top row of SPAM, then put them back on the platter… like “Ew, these aren’t so good after all. Maybe no one will notice if I just… put… it back.”

    • RetroRuth August 1, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

      They DO look like that!

  2. Jodie July 28, 2013 at 1:34 am - Reply

    I heart those recipe booklets. I collect mid century recipes books and I have to say my favourite are the American ones. They’re so much more kitsch than the ones here in Australia!

  3. tammyCA July 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Gosh, I remember Dean’s dairy…haven’t seen or thought about it in decades. I also remember Spam…my friend’s mom cooked some in the electric skillet with BBQ sauce & served on buns and surprisingly it was good…the sauce probably masked the spam taste.
    I have a few vintage cookbooks that I mostly collect for the cute graphics…the recipes, not so much.

  4. Amorette July 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Decorating details on food were so important back in the day. I assume because housewives had nothing better to than slice pimentos or cherries to decorate their Spam and lime jello molds. Plus, color lithography had come down in price so all those bright pictures could illustrates cookbooks.

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