Remember the kettle mom used to make Bohnensuppe (bona zup)? It was a tall steel pot with a bakelite handle; it probably held 6 quarts. It doubled, in tomato season, as the mashing pot, because it had that cone shaped colander sitting on a separate high collar over the pot. There was a wooden pestle/masher, remember?
And remember the pot mom made boiled dinner in...also stainless, with a lid that fit the fry pan/popcorn pan, too. It had two handles made of shaped steel. I can still hear the sound of placing that lid on the pot. Mog owns it now, and says everything she makes in it turns out well ☺. She often thinks of mom.
Shirley sent this photo last year. I recognized mom and dad and Uncle Tader (or Math)* but the room and the other couples aren't familiar, and--what was Steelco? (*Three years later: Talked with Aunt Eileen and she said
yes, this was her party ☺)
Larry went looking this week, and last night showed me some ads for the company:
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1946
We have been ordered to expand our Cleveland district. Two weeks ago, we advertised for 4 men and today, these men who were hired are on their way to financial independence. The Chicago office says, by wire today, to open much more territory and put on 6 more men at once. Car necessary. Must be aggressive and not afraid to work. Compensation discussed at interview.
We will prove to you, in the field, that your earnings will far surpass $500 per month. If we do not prove these earnings to you within a 14 day period then we suggest you find some other position. Never say these earnings are impossible because many of our men are earning much more. Excellent opportunity for those who will honestly work and like organization work.
Get going now. Own your own home and the nicer things in life. Act now.You may be one of the six (6) accepted...."
(Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1949)
We don't know that the cookware mom had was Steelco, but I intend to check with Mog and see if her pot is marked. I kinda hope so.