Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Time Machine To The 1930s

The year is 1935 and you are a Catholic in a Protestant country. What do you do? Simple, you read Catholic Illustration (Katholieke Illustratie).

No. 27 which appeared on the 4th of April, 1935 begins with a short story about a tailor who has all sorts of aristocratic clients but refuses to dress well in real life with his fiancee leaving him as a result. She stays with her father and keeps his house until the two meet again when she is 45 and he is nearly 50. This time it ends with a wedding and the tailor is invited to make a suit for the King of Belgium.

Next comes a story about the meteorological service in aviation. Below the picture of a pilot studying the weather map:

Since it's nearly Easter, the next item is an article about a special form of liturgy called The Liturgy Of Holy Suffering. The photo below shows a part of it called the adoration of the cross:

Then we are treated to the second chapter of a historical novel about one Count Hendrik from Germany who is apparently going to start a fight for freedom against the King of Danes. After this comes an article about a health resort in Switzerland:

It is followed by a true story about the fireman who encounters a body in a coffin in the burning house and nearly loses his mind but manages to take the coffin out just on time before the roof collapses. There is also an interesting collection of facts (did you know that in 1935 in one hour there happened 1200 marriages and 85 divorces), a couple of opinion items and the events of the week in pictures. Below the new Belgian government:

Next comes the last chapter of a novel which, as far as I can understand, was about a Dutch businessman who went on a business trip, got drunk and enlisted in the Prussian army. After several months, though, he was allowed by the King of Prussia to return and to marry his fiancee and he also stopped drinking.

Then we read the reportage of a football (soccer for you Americans:) match between Holland and Belgium. Below the picture of the Dutch national football team (our guys won 4:2):

After the chess problem, a story about the new stamps, an article about the hard life of Chinese people, and and the bridge column there finally comes the women section. First we get an article about saving money while cooking on gas, then a piece of advice for the new mothers (as little visiting as possible, so as to protect the baby from infections and let the new mother to regain her strength), a column about keeping the private information about other people private, a craft feature about embroidering a linen tablecloth, and a weekly menu among some other things.

What were you supposed to serve each day of the week?

Pork fricandeau with winter carrots, oatmeal.

Cold meat with canned green beans, rhubarb with custard.

Hachee (stewed meat) with beet salad and mashed potatoes. Griddle cakes

Ground veal with black salsify
Apple pancakes

Buckling (a form of herring) with red cabbage, rice pudding

Beef escalopes with  canned endive. Fruit.

Vegetable soup. Veal steak with broccoli rabe.
Orange custard with biscuits.

Next comes the article about new fashions:

Below are the patterns you could order:

The women section ends with an article about Primula Orbonica (a house plant) and then we read a story about a Catholic saint Veredemus, a short sermon about the importance of social cohesion, a reportage about a hotel in England for poor but genteel travellers where Ch. Dickens once spent the night, and humour from different countries. And that was all for today, till the next time.

P.S. in other news, today is the Liberation Day.


  1. I would come for supper on Wednesdays. My mother made such good Hachee.
    I saw some news clips about Liberation Day on our news last evening. It really is special how the Dutch have respected and given honour to Canadian soldiers. I saw that our Prime Minister made a speech during the ceremonies. So many young men gave their lives but also left grieving families behind. We had the Urker Mannenkoor in our area, singing a concert of thanks. The church holding 1,000 people was packed.

  2. I think the idea was that every Wednesday you served something different:)

    Yes, it's true about the Canadians, today was supposed to be a day of celebration, but the weather was so bad they had to cancel most of the activities.

  3. Thank you Sanne. This was very interesting and it must have taken you so much time, but it is appreciated!

  4. You are welcome, Vicki! I'm glad you liked it.

  5. Housewife from FinlandMay 6, 2015 at 4:51 AM

    I love it how simple the meals were, if that was all what they served on that meal.

  6. Don't forget that most folks weren't all that wealthy in the 1930s, plus Dutch have never been known for sophisticated cooking, I'm afraid:)

  7. I'm planning to post more of those menus as to finally put to rest the idea that women in those days used to stay home because everybody was like really very rich.

  8. Housewife from FinlandMay 7, 2015 at 5:07 AM

    Please do that. I need new simple cooking ideas. Me and my hubby both like rahter plain and simple food, as long as the ingredients are high quality.

  9. I wonder if simple cooking isn't more typical for Northern Europe.