What pressure there was on women to please men regarding FOOD. The advertisement below concerns a 'bride' who was in tears until Bell's poultry seasoning saved the day.
Is food a symbol for something else?
The pressure continued. It's party season and the little lady has to put on a show to impress hubby's friends and business partners.
I sure remember when everyone made the All-Bran muffins. Combine 2 cups All-Bran, 1/2 cup molasses, and 1 1/4 cups of milk. Let stand until the moisture is absorbed into the bran. Then add one egg and beat well. Sift 1 cup flour with 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir it all up with 1/2 c raisins until JUST mixed. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
I remember when Mom made deserts with Fruit Cocktail. Don't you love the type font used for "Glamour Desserts", complete with little stars? To make the Christmas Cloud Pie fill an 8" pie shell with 2 cups of drained fruit cocktail folded into one packaged of cooked and cooled vanilla pudding mix. Top with Betty Crocker meringue mix and bake "as directed." Serve cool.
I'm not sure I like the look in this man's eye at all. Perhaps it is that over-the-top hat. Pepsi-Cola is wishing people a "light-hearted holiday," which apparently involves Pepsi and weird floral hats as aphrodisiacs.
It was the age of LP records and stereos. "When you use your head, it's easy to measure a collector for a record without his knowing it..." Yes, it was assumed these gifts were for MEN. First mentioned was Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, noted as rarely recorded, the "last mortal sin" of his old age. Next was pianist Serkin's Variations on a Theme by Diabelli, followed by de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain directed by Artur Rubinstein; Wagner, considered 'controversial'; and the Berlioz Requiem "always considered genius-laden." Others mentioned include Segovia, Luci di Lammermoor, Fidelio, and The Tales of Hoffman.
Then we are warned that the following recordings are not for the casual listener. This is hard-core stuff. Included are Bruckner's Symphony No. 9, Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (I'm shocked its in this category!), and Gluck's Orfeo et Euridice by the Met.
And so I close the pages on this glimpse into 1958. No people of color or ethnicity appear in its pages, no working women, college co-eds, no nurses or teachers. Men all wear suits and look like Cary Grant. Cooking appears to be women's most important duty, even before motherhood.