It used to be that a mistake was noticed for a moment and thrown away. Now you’ve brought this mistake to the future where it will be shared and commented on and discussed and laughed at for all time, potentially going viral. That’s why we don’t have time machines.
I’m going to assume you mean that us a good thing, Carol. Er…
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 7, 2014 @ 12:16 pm
Ok, so, in addition to the coffee part, what’s with the “Three Phones Hy. 60”?
I presume that “Hy.” is the abbreviation for the exchange. Would it have been just two digits back in 1922? And are they saying that they’re thoroughly modern and have three lines so the caffeine hounds who have to have their coffee RIGHT NOW needn’t worry about getting a busy signal?
I think it’s unlikely that it was decaf. The process of decaffeinating coffee was first developed in 1903, in Europe, and patented a few years after that. Sold under the names Kaffee-HAG in most of Europe, as Cafe Sanka in France, and as Sanka in the U.S. I don’t know much about coffee, but if you had asked me 40 or 45 years ago, I would have said that Sanka was the only brand of decaffeinated coffee.
If you’re worried that drinking coffee was going to make you look like a hag? Don’t. Kaffee-HAG came from Kaffee Handels Aktiengesellschaft–Coffee Trading Corporation.
Note that abstention from coffee as a Word of Wisdom requirement, while preached, was still unevenly applied as of 1921 (Cf. Alexander’s Dialog article of the WofW). Still funny to see this in the Relief Society Magazine.
It’s interesting that they didn’t feel a need to specify the city. Even in 1922, the RS Magazine would have gone worldwide. I seem to remember in the ’60s that the Improvement Era often advertised local Utah businesses, but I don’t recall the city being unstated and understood.