The Bride: Early 1900s How-To Book for Newlyweds – Part 1

I found this vintage how-to book for newlyweds in my granny’s house a few of years ago. She passed away in 2011, and this book was just amongst a bunch of other books in a box in her bedroom. I’d never seen it before, and it didn’t seem like anyone had had anything to do with it in quite some time.
Based on a Havertys advertisement inside that states their “Twenty-five years of fair-dealing” and the fact that Havertys was founded in 1885, this book must have been published in or around 1910. It states that it was printed in Memphis, but it is certainly geared toward the Atlanta market.

The time-period specific food and drink recipes abound as do the tips and helpful Hints. Even the spelling of many words is different. Enjoy this peculiar piece of household history, but when it comes to the medicinal remedies and first-aid suggestions, please realize they are more than one-hundred years old and many of them cause more harm than good. I’ve included them for entertainment purposes only.

To read the actual pages of this book hold down Ctrl and tap + on your keyboard and your screen will zoom in on the text.

One of the first pages in the book reads: We do not with that your life be all sunshine; But there be just enough shadow to temper the rays of the sun.
Some of Atlanta’s most prominent retailers utilized this book to offer their services and products.

These should really come back in fashion.

Fresh buttermilk, from a fount!
Havertys is still going strong across the Southeast and beyond.
Some of the recipes and advice are nothing out of the ordinary, but some are rather odd, which you’ll see below.


EVER-READY MAYONNAISE – Mayonnaise is essential to all salads and the following is a good one for general use: Mix well six teaspoonfuls salt, four of mustard and one of cayenne pepper. Bottle this dry and mix one teaspoonful whenever you make the dressing. Heat five tablespoonfuls vinegar, then beat in the yolks of five eggs, stirring all the time, until a thick, smooth paste.  Add one tablespoonful melted butter and one teaspoonful of dry seasoning. This will do for salad or sandwiches.


RELISH FOR COLD MEATS – two cans of tomatoes, large size; two cups of vinegar, one cup sugar, two teaspoons each whole cloves and spice, one onion, salt and pepper to taste, a pinch of cayenne. This should be cooled about three-quarters of an hour until thick and served cold with meats. Will keep indefinitely in cool place.

Hints To Housekeepers

Never boil black pepper in your soup; add when done.

To cure a bold of the head, borax should be snuffed up the nostrils.

To take spots from wash goods rub them with yolks of eggs before washing

The Bride’s Timetable 

Thin Fish – 5 to 8 Minutes
Thick Fish – 12 to 15 Minutes
Spring Chicken – 20 Minutes
Small Birds – 15 Minutes
Tame Duck – 45 Minutes to 1 Hour
Wild Duck – 30 to 45 Minutes

General Health Hints

DOG BITE – The same treatment used for snake bite can be used for dog bite. People frequently get very much excited over bite from a dog. Hydrophobia is rare. I would advise, if the dog shows no sign of being mad, that it be not killed, but penned up and watched. This will, if the dog is normal, relieve the patient and his friends from anxiety. Later, when the patient’s condition is absolutely known, such measures may be taken with the dog as may assure the protection of society. In cities where antihydrophobia serum is provided this may be used as a preventative measure.

All animal and rodent bites should receive the same attention as has been recommended for dog bites.

FOREIGN BODIES IN THE NOSE – Blow the nose hard while holding the opposite nostril closed. Excite sneezing by tickling the nose or by giving snuff. Instruct the patient to take a full breath and close the mouth, then give a sharp blow on the back between the shoulders.

General Health Hints
LIGHTNING ACCIDENTS – To prevent accident: (1) Avoid standing under trees to escape from the rain during a thunder storm, but boldly expose yourself to the wet; it will preserve you from lightning.  (2) Avoid close to any metallic bodies, as lead pipes or iron railings, etc.  (3) When indoors during a thunderstorm, sit or stand as near to the middle of the room as convenient. Avoid standing at the window or sitting near the wall.
General Health Hints
INSENSIBILITY FROM SUNSTROKE-The attack is usually preceded by giddiness, weakness and nausea, eyes bloodshot and contracted, skin hot and dry, subject unconsciou, breathing quick and loud, heart rapid and tumultuous.

General Health Hints

In giving antidotes two general principles must be observed, namely, that acid tends to neutralize alkalies and alkalies neutralize acids.

For poisoning from acids such as muriatic, oxalic, acetic, sulphuric (oil of vitriol), nitric or tartaric, use soapsuds, magnesia, limewater, whiting, plaster scraped from the wall, milk, oil and baking soda. Also by vomiting. In feeding the patient; do so by rectum, as the stomach will be sore.


General Health Hints


AROMATIC SPIRITS OF AMONIA is an indispensable remedy to have about. It is a strong stimulant as an inhalant and can be administered internally, the does being ten to thirty drops in sweetened water. It is efficient in restoring people in a fainting condition by letting them use it in a smelling bottle.


Keep cool. Try and keep others cool. This is the great need. In time of accident, panic of fire, serious results may be avoided is some person is calm enough to take charge of things and inspire confidence. It is well for no one to get accustomed to the sight of blood. Many cannot control themselves under such circumstances. It is a good practice to witness an operation occasionally, or to assist in dressing a wound for the purpose of schooling oneself.


FRESH AIR-Sleep with the windows open, but protected from direct wind. Night air is not only not harmful, but absolutely helpful. So to it also that you work under conditions of fresh air; it will prove a tonic. Bad air depresses all the organs of the body. Houses, working places, offices, hotels, trains are abominably ventilated; keep on the lookout or you will be constantly poisoned. Tenting out in the summer time or sleeping on a screened porch or roof will prove to the tired worker who is run down a wonderful restorer. Make friends with the fresh air. 


Do not let the baby sleep in the same bed with any other person. If there is no crib the mother should put a couple of chairs at her bedside, with any sort of soft covering on them-not feather pillows or hot woolen stuff-and let the baby sleep there. It will be more comfortable on a summer night than lying against the hot body of its mother, and will not be so apt to disturb and be disturbed.

The backs of the chairs will keep the baby from falling and the mother can readily reach over to care for it when necessary.

Do not drug the baby. If after all your care the baby should fall sick, do not “pour drugs of which you know nothing into a body of which you know less.”

Call a doctor instead of investing in patent medicines, “soothing syrups,” or “cure-alls,” which will probably do your baby more harm than good.

Don’t overfeed them, and don’t let them overfeed themselves.



CINNAMON PUNCH – One stick of cinnamon, one cupful of rich milk, two teaspoonfuls of sugar, one teaspoonful of brandy. Put the cinnamon with the milk in a double boiler and steep till the flavor is all soaked out. Add the sugar and brandy. It may be served hot or ice cold, as desired.

TOAST WATER – One slice of stale bread, two cupfuls of boiling water, one slice of lemon. Have bread one-half inch thick, toast brown; pour upon it boiling water, cover closely and cool; strain it. A slice of lemon may be added.


ECONOMICAL MAYONNAISE-Four eggs, one teaspoon each of mustard, salt, and Capitola flour, two teaspoons of sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix them all together well, then add one full teacup of water and three-fourths of a teacup of vinegar. Beat the eggs very light. Add to the other ingredients, put on stove, stirring constantly till it thickens. Take from the fire and add a heaping tablespoon of butter. When cool, is ready for use. Very nice.


CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP – Put on an old hen cut up and well covered with water and let simmer all day on the back of the stove. Strain stock into a bowl and set away to cool. When cold take off all the grease. The stock should be a jelly and is ready for use. To quart of stock add one pint of milk; let boil and season with celery salt. Pour in tureen and cover top with whipped cream. (Should look like white of eggs on custard). Serve with croutons. Delicious and pretty. If you serve it by plate, put a spoonful of whipped cream on each plate and have a few croutons on your bread and butter plate.
Fish with Lemon Sauce – One and one half pints of water, one large onion, celery, cayenne pepper and salt to taste, one sliced lemon. Boil a few minutes, add sliced fish (preferably trout or catfish), about two and one-half pounds, and cook until tender. Remove fish to large platter. Allow to cool. Add three or four yolks of eggs well beaten with one tablespoon of Capitola flour to thicken. Juice of one and half lemon, one package of seedless raisins and boil until thickens. Pour over fish in large platter and serve either hot or cold. Garnish with sliced lemon. This can also be served on lettuce leaf individually. Brains with lemon sauce may be prepared the same way.

Ansley Park is a prominent neighborhood in Atlanta.


These remedies are in no way meant to be taken as advice for ailments or injuries. Many of the antiquated remedies listed in this book are considered to be, in fact, poisonous today. 

LEMON ICE – One-half cupful of water, one-fourth cupful of sugar, one lemon. Boil sugar and water together with a thick piece of lemon rind for three minutes. Cool, add lemon juice and freeze like ice-cream.

RAW-BEEF SANDWICHES – Meat is often served to a patient in this fashion whose stomach will not retain it when cooked. Take about two tablespoonfuls of raw meat prepared as described in scraped beef (see below), season lightly with pepper and salt, spread it between two slices of buttered bread and toast the outside delicately. Be careful not to let the meat reach the edges of the bread as it may nauseate the patient.


BROILED SWEETBREADS-Before sweetbreads are prepared in any way they have to be parboiled. When they come from the market put them into ice water and let them stand an hour, then drop in boiling salted water to which a tablespoonful of lemon juice has been added. This preserves the white color of the sweetbread and keeps the flesh firm. After cooking slowly for twenty minutes, drop them in ice water and pull off the skin, fiber and all waste scraps, divide into pieces and they are ready to be served as desired. They make a savory dish for the invalid’s tray when broiled. Do not separate them when cooking this way, but cut in slices, sprinkle with salt and pepper, brush with melted butter and broil a delicate brown. Season with pepper, salt and lemon juice and, if the doctor allow, a tablespoonful of tomato sauce.

Sweetbreads are delicious when creamed. When served this way they are simply reheated in a white sauce, as directed for creamed chicken, and poured over buttered toast. If you have a small portion left of both chicken and sweetbread, it makes a delicious dish blended with cream sauce. They are also nice reheated in a cup of strong chicken stock with a dash of lemon juice for seasoning.


SCRAPED BEEF-Tack down to a meat board with a couple of skewers one-half pound of steak cut from the top of the round. With a sharp knife scrape it and lift off all the meaty substance, laying it on a platter. When one side is scraped bare, turn over and get all that is possible off the other side. When finished, there will be nothing left but tough fiber. Mould the scraped beef with a knife into a little cake and broil it over the coals for a few minutes. Season with pepper and salt and serve with buttered toast.



“The utmost daintiness is a necessity when a tray for the sickroom is being set. Food that is tempting in appearance will often create an appetite where none existed. You must remember that an invalid’s recovery depends as much upon the diet as upon the medicine. Therefore, everything that is taken to the sickroom must be of the best quality-eggs that are really fresh laid, the best of butter, the tenderest chicken and meats and milk that is perfectly sweet.


An excellent way to admit fresh air into a sickroom in winter, when a window is near the bed, it to open it the desired height, then spread a piece of cheesecloth over then opening and tack it fast. A still more convenient way it to put the cheesecloth on a small frame that will fit into the opening. It can then be removed at any time.



“Perfect ventilation, a sunny exposure and, if possible, a fireplace, which has much to do with keeping the air pure, are necessary for the sickroom, which should be kept perfectly neat and clean in every detail. A bare floor with a few small rugs, which can be taken up and shaken, is very much better than a carpet, or even matting. A string mop, used noiselessly about the floor, carries all the dirt without raising dust. The bed should be place so the patient can be shut off from any draughts, also in a position that will not allow the sun or a gas light to glare in his eyes.”

Who doesn’t want “The Best Drugs”?



“Divide the shelves into different departments for all sorts of needs. In one side store anything that is poisonous or in any way dangerous. In another keep rolls of antiseptic gause, absorbent cotton, sterilised linen, bags for poultices, lint for court-plaster. Reserve one shelf for such common, everyday remedies as calomel, camphor, cascara, Epsom salts, Jamaica ginger, paregoric, limewater, magnesia, sweet spirits of niter, oil of peppermint, quinine, rhubarb, flowers of sulfur. Upon another keep such drugs as are used for cleansing wounds and bruises and healing burns, also things to be used in cases of emergency, as alcohol, boracic acid, carbolic acid, borax, charcoal, collodion, witch-hazel, iodoform, turpentine, dioxygen, listerine and peroxide. There ought to be a corner for poultice and plaster necessities. There one would find mustard, flaxseed, oil silk, bran, linseed meal and antiphlogistine. Here, too, have small supplies kept together of such things might have to be looked for in different parts of the house-carbonate of soda, ammonia, whiskey and brandy, olive oil, sweet oil, camphorated oil, limewater and oil liniment.
Save every morsel of old linen, as it comes from the laundry, for emergencies.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 of this post for cocktail, and dessert recipes, and more from this vintage how-to book for newlyweds.

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