Size: 3" x 5" or 5" x 3"
Lithographer: Knapp & Co.
a series of 50 cards, numbered from 1 to 50 on the back of each card at
the bottom right.
front of each card is a multi-colored illustration, in either
horizontal (20 cards) or vertical (30 cards) format, which depicts a
food (or beverage) in some way. Several of them show young children
(usually girls) in pleasant settings with some unsuspecting animal
destined for the dinner table. Others are shown gathering a particular
fruit or vegetable or actually preparing or serving a dish described on
the back of the card. Other cards are more of a "still life" design
showing fruit or fish. It appears that all the cards numbered from 1 to
25 are in the scenic style, while most of those from 26 to 50 are in
the "still life" style. All the latter have wide, solid-color borders
in various pale shades.
back of each card contains identical text, in a vertical format printed
either in black or a shade of blue, with the left side containing the
standard "Four Points"
explaining the virtues of Arbuckles' Ariosa Coffee, and the right side
providing several recipes for the featured food under the heading
"Cooking Notes". (See examples.)
say, the recipes provided in this series make for very entertaining
reading, but since the word "microwave" isn't found in a single one of
them, I'm unable to provide any sort of first hand report on how tasty
they might turn out to be. I have, however, recently compiled all of
these recipes into an Arbuckle Trade Cards Victorian Cookbook,
which is available for purchase through a link on the ArbyCard Novelties
page. Best of luck to those who wish to take a crack at any of them!
Disclaimer: Any culinary
disasters, or injuries to life and limb, sustained by anyone attempting
to implement a recipe found on these pages, are the sole responsibility
of those adventurous individuals. By selecting any of the cards shown
below, you hereby agree that this editor shall be held blameless! Bon