American Cookery Magazine, 1939!


 I have become totally obsessed with vintage magazines these last few weeks. I have spent so much time browsing in Antique Malls that customers are beginning to think that I am a vendor! Actually, I would like to be a vendor, but that is another story for another day.

Today’s story is about my latest find…the February, 1939 issue of the American Cookery magazine, published by The Boston Cooking School Magazine Company.  I had never heard of this magazine until last Thursday when I was at the Montgomery Street Antique Mall in Fort Worth. I was going to have lunch at the Secret Garden, a pretty tearoom inside the large store.

After lunch, I thought that I would browse around for a short while. Two hours later, I had walked through only half of the 61,000 feet of everything from yesteryear that you had no idea that you needed. I was on a mission to find vintage magazines …specifically the Delineator, a fashion magazine published by the Butterick Company beginning in 1893. If you want to read more about the Delineator , I wrote a post about the magazine on February 19, 2017…the beginning of my obsession with vintage magazines!


An advertisement in American Cookery

There were no Delineator magazines to be found, but I did find a gem in the American Cookery magazine. There was just one problem with the magazine…

There were absolutely no VIVID colors inside the magazine and a small amount of red on the cover! In fact, all of the pages of the American Cookery were in black and white! 



A Recipe From the February, 1939 Issue of American Cookery…

Apple Crumbles


1 cup flour

1/2 cup softened butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 cups sliced apples

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Oven temperature-375 degrees

Cooking Time-45 minutes

Blend together flour, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place the sliced apples into a well-buttered 8 x 8 x 2 baking dish. Top with the flour mixture and bake as indicated or until the apples are tender. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


American Cookery was originally called The Boston Cooking School Magazine, but the name was changed to American Cookery in 1914. The magazine included articles on food and food preparation, cooking and serving advice as well as recipes personally submitted by readers. The magazine stopped publication because of competition from a new entry into the publishing industry.

The new magazine was called Gourmet and featured a much fancier European approach to preparing food. However…one reason that the competition won readership from American Cookery was…

Vivid Color Photographs!





9 thoughts on “American Cookery Magazine, 1939!

  1. In the times of my grandmothers in the 1900s they used the Argentinian records, I do not remember the names but I remember that my mamilinda told me that she was looking forward to her magazines, because who would not do it with 8 children and a very, very demanding husband about the Food … they are from Puno a deperforation of Peru

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