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Saturday Remix, 1928

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 30, 2016

If it’s Saturday morning, it’s another page of jokes from the old Church magazines, this time from 1928:

A Question of Tears

“The wedding was a failure?”

“Yeah. The groom’s mother cried louder than the bride’s.”

The Short Side

“Say, waiter, I ordered strawberry shortcake, and you brought me a plate of strawberries. Where’s the cake?”

“Well, sir, that’s what we are short of.”

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The Blue Bowl — Part 2

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 29, 2016

The Blue Bowl

by Loya Beck

Previous episode

Part II

Mary slipped off her coat, hanging it on its peg by the backdoor. Seeing the cupboard doors still standing wide, she walked wearily over to close them. The blue sugar bowl caught her eye, and lifting it into her hands, she felt of its hard-glazed surface.

She remembered when her white-haired father had painted this piece. She could see him now with his fine brushes working painstakingly in the dim light of his old workshop. He had promised her this set for her own, and had taken particular loving care in perfecting his work.

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Paper Doll: English Girl, 1935

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 29, 2016

From the Children’s Friend, 1935 —

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Latter-day Saint Images, 1919 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 29, 2016

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Utrecht Branch (Netherlands)

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Selfish Wish

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 28, 2016

Selfish Wish

By Dorothy J. Buchanan

I don’t know what I’d rather do
Than open up a book that’s new,
And smooth the pages one by one
Until the happy task is done.
I touch the cover tenderly –
All new books should belong to me.

(1935)

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Relief Society Magazine, April 1943

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 28, 2016

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Little White Lab Rat Throws a Party

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 28, 2016

Greetings, my adoring public! It is I, your beloved Little White Lab Rat, reporting on another recipe from our Mormon culinary past. This one comes from the Improvement Era of February 1961.

And oh, what a glorious recipe it is: Party Cabbage!! Because who does not think of cabbage as festive? Imagine the guest who knocks at your door and is greeted by the pervasive aroma of boiling cabbage?! Add to that the piquant accent of onion, and your home will be a perfumed bower, sure to put everyone in the party mood! No?

It is a simple recipe:

Party Cabbage

1 medium head of cabbage
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons minced onion
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The Blue Bowl — Part 1

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 27, 2016

From the Relief Society Magazine, April 1960 –

The Blue Bowl

by Loya Beck

Part I

The bustling city of Nauvoo, as it slipped into view around a wide bend in the Mississippi River, would surprise a traveler who had grown familiar with the previous scenes of open countryside and straggling population on the fringe of America’s wilderness in January of 1846. Surrounded on three sides by the mighty Father of Waters, the city rose with the gradual sloping of a dome-shaped hill, its highest elevation about a mile from the river. Blocked into neat squares with broad streets and tree-lined avenues, the metropolis was crowned with a massive structure of gray marble that overlooked the terrain, like a ship riding the crest of a wave. Streamers of smoke drifted from the tall chimneys of the newly built homes that dotted the hill, bestowing an illusion of warmth on the chill winter air.

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“Golden Shell!” I Scream

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 27, 2016

Yes, this full-page advertisement actually did once appear in an LDS magazine (December 1938) —

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Ethical Studies: Social Life Among our Latter-day Saint Boys and Girls

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 27, 2016

(A course for the young women of the Church, 1908-09.)

ETHICAL STUDIES.

The object of the Y. L. M. I. A. is the development of perfect womanhood. To this end courses of study have been prepared for the education of young women spiritually, morally, mentally, and physically. In presenting the topics and Outlines on Ethics it is with a desire that our girls may understand the fundamental principles in the formation of character, the rules that govern and control the highest social life, that they may apply them in the building of their own character in the development of those qualities of true womanhood which will approach nearest to the Divine, and command the respect of all mankind. The lessons as outlined are merely a guide, and should be enlarged upon by both class leaders and members, so that the principles taught may be thoroughly understood and an especial effort made to get the girls to practice them in their daily lives.

Social Life Among our Latter-day Saint Boys and Girls.

(For September 15th, 1908.)

“I wish there were a true order of chivalry for our youth … in which both boys and girls should receive, at a given age, their Knighthood and Ladyhood, by true title; attainable only by certain probation and trial, both of character and accomplishment; and to be forfeited, on conviction, by their peers, of any dishonorable act.” — Ruskin.

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