Category Archives: Hearth to Hearth

Hearth to Hearth: Rastus & Friends

Hearth to Hearth: Rastus & Friends – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2003 by Alice Ross In the course of American advertising, a number of food companies have created fictional people to represent them and to symbolize their product. Today their names ring a bell, although we are not always sure who they were and […]

Hearth to Hearth: Boarding Houses

Hearth to Hearth: Boarding Houses – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2003 The American boarding house is a relic of the first stages in the growth of large cities. Young men coming off the farm and looking for city jobs needed some kind of sheltering environment, and the boarding house family offered that. For […]

Hearth to Hearth: The Magic of Fire

Hearth to Hearth: The Magic of Fire – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – February 2003 by Alice Ross Important cookbooks have had the power to shift the directions of popular culture. Just think of the social changes that resulted from Julia Child’s early works. Her writings and TV programs have been credited with triggering a culinary […]

Hearth to Hearth: Wassailing on New Years

Hearth to Hearth: Wassailing on New Years – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – December 2002 “Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green, Here we come a-wandering, so fair to be seen. We are not beggars’ children that go from door to door, But we are neighbors children that you have seen before. Love and […]

Hearth to Hearth: Halloween, The Food and the Frolic

Hearth to Hearth: Halloween: The Food and the Frolic – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – November 2002 Most recognize it’s original name—All Hallows Eve—and remember that this was the time when spirits of the dead returned to earth to roam their old haunts and perhaps make contact with those still among the living. Some may […]

Hearth to Hearth: Women in Food Advertising

Hearth to Hearth: Women in Food Advertising – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – October 2002 Nineteenth-century American women, adapting to the mushrooming cities of their century, undertook a new role and learned to become proficient in the arts and skills of consumerism. As they continued to be the practitioners of home cooking, they became the obvious […]

Hearth to Hearth: Mechanical Roasting on the Hearth

Hearth to Hearth: Mechanical Roasting on the Hearth – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – September 2002 (reprinted in March 2004) By Alice Ross Good roasts have always been the centerpieces of good meals. However, they have not always been easily available to all. To have them required the availability of good cuts from well-raised animals of […]

Hearth to Hearth: Native American Cooking Tools

Hearth to Hearth: Native American Cooking Tools – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – August 2002 Summer is the season for powwows. Like stepping stones across America, a series of colorful festivals offers, as part of the entertainment, tastes of traditional fry bread, beans, and assorted specialties, many of which date back to the nineteenth century. These […]

Hearth to Hearth: Poems in Food Advertising

Hearth to Hearth: Poems in Food Advertising – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – July 2002 The art of persuasion- advertising – was almost one of those phenomena that emerged full blown in the 1870s. Within a very short time enterprising manufacturers and merchants grasped the possibilities and strategies of advertising. Almost overnight they understood the need […]

Hearth to Hearth: Poetry in Cookbooks

Hearth to Hearth: Poetry in Cookbooks – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – June 2002 We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man can not live without cooks. He may live without books,-what is knowledge […]