Thursday, April 8, 2010

Weird Medical Treatment From the Past

This plate, from a 1925 edition of a Sir Norman Walker’s Introduction to Dermatology, shows how children in hospital wards were prevented from scratching their skin. Bound up mummy like, they were tied to the foot and head of the bed and allowed some freedom of movement so that their hands could reach a toy. The Doctor advised, “In a few hours it is generally quite resigned to the fetters.”

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Best Loved 1945 Purity Cookbook

A very appealing early version of the Purity Flour Cookbook. The recipes are uncomplicated with accessible ingredients that make it great for classic cooking, with step by step photo instructions on how to make bread, cooking charts and even instructions on how to pluck, singe, dress, clean and truss poultry. This book is treasured for its favorite pie crust and tea biscuit recipes.