Vancouver Daily Evening Post ads: Pubs, vagrants, dead men and more – December 10, 1865

If you go back far enough, you’ll find nearly every industry we know and understand today had a completely different existence in the 1800’s. On this day 152 years ago, Victoria’s Vancouver Daily Evening Post (which lasted less than a year), you can find ads for banks that go into great detail talking about how much money they hold (such Continue Reading

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Pork and beans in green pepper shells: How fictitious ladies ruled the recipe scene

The good folks at Libby’s Foods, makers of such delights as lunch tongue, sliced dried beef, ra-goo, chow chow, and potted ham, really outdid themselves when coming up with this idea for what you could do to sexy up pork and beans, which ran in the Saturday Evening Post. Pour them in green pepper shells! With tomato sauce, of course! Continue Reading

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Kool-Aid Lemon Lime Salad: With celery, radish and carrots!

Mmm… celery and Kool-Aid! War-time recipes were often makeshift affairs, with food being rationed in some instances and just plain hard to get when dealing with imported goods. This was a time when potato candy and onion cake were things, so it probably wasn’t so weird to see an ad for ways you could use lemon-lime Kool-Aid to make other Continue Reading

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