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Posted: 4/24/2016 4:54:08 PM EDT
Got a couple of boxes of 50's - 70's era Popular Science, and various cookbooks that haven't probably been looked at since the 80's.
Thinking of donating them to the library.
Just wonder if there could be anything in them that may not be found in today's books.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:28:13 PM EDT
The Popular Science could have some neat stuff in them. As for cookbooks I would keep them as they probably have recopies that you cannot find anymore.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:29:13 PM EDT
Pre-ban history books will be valuable one day.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:31:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By nsl:

Just wonder if there could be anything in them that may not be found in today's books.
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A noticeable lack of political influence.

Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:34:57 PM EDT
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Dude, they've been washing history books for decades now.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:38:39 PM EDT
Mothers old Good House keeping cookbook  40's 50's era, had recipes for Raccoon and Possum, lots of other wild game.
Lot of salt, and salt pork, bacon drippings.

interesting comparision to todays cookbooks.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:44:39 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Yarael:
The Popular Science could have some neat stuff in them. As for cookbooks I would keep them as they probably have recopies that you cannot find anymore.
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I have ones from my grandparents that are full of cool projects and recipes in the cookbooks
It's fun to look through them and see what was high tech back then as well as the predictions for the future.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:06:12 PM EDT
Yes, because one day the internet will be destroyed and you will wish you had them to look things up, or you cook use them to start a fire.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:16:54 PM EDT
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Do a search.  ABC News did a story Friday or yesterday about a site that buys old books.  Cookbooks were worth more than anything else other than textbooks and said most brought $40-50 each!
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:20:35 PM EDT
i donated a bunch of old cookbooks and other books (old science books, books on canning, etc) to the local library....from time to time i wish i would have kept them since they were my Mothers, but it's doubtful I would have gotten around to doing anything with them.  Seldom have the time or energy these days to do much in terms of anything but the most basic of cooking.  Hopefully someone else out there is using them...


OP, if you have the space and are in no hurry to get rid of them, hang onto them for a little longer you might just find yourself digging into them.  If a year or two passes and you haven't, than out they go.
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I've got a 100 year old pharmaceutical botany book that mentions the medical uses for marijuana.  Now that's all the rage in the news with laws passing to allow it.  What was once old is new again, so you better save them!  
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:24:58 PM EDT
I would take the cookbooks
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:30:18 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Greybeard:
Mothers old Good House keeping cookbook  40's 50's era, had recipes for Raccoon and Possum, lots of other wild game.
Lot of salt, and salt pork, bacon drippings.

interesting comparision to todays cookbooks.
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Yeah, that was back when food tasted REALLY good.

ETA: Every housewife had a metal container of some sort by the stove (ours had a sieve in the top) that women poured their bacon drippin's in. The strainer caught the chunks of stuff, leaving the pure bacon grease, which was used to season all sorts of good stuff. Hell, Mother even sometimes just heated up the bacon grease and poured it over lettuce as a yummy dressing.  
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:30:43 PM EDT
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Dude, they've been washing history books for decades now.
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Originally Posted By JoEnge1136:
Pre-ban history books will be valuable one day.

Dude, they've been washing history books for decades now.

You just made his point.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:30:55 PM EDT
EMP
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Yes, because one day the internet will be destroyed and you will wish you had them to look things up, or you cook use them to start a fire.
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I have a big box full of Penthouse, Oui, Playboy, etc. just for when that happens.  I will start a library and it will cost a chicken or a piglet to rent one of my mags...


On second thought, they can just buy them...I don't want them back...



 

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The Settlement Cook Book, is a great resource. It tells you how to cook a turtle

Link Posted: 4/24/2016 7:57:04 PM EDT
When my great grandparents died (few months apart) I got a geography and...social studies book?  It was published in the 20s and almost plainly predicted WWII.  It's chilling to read what the authors knew far better than they realized.  "Steady as she goes" is the feeling conveyed to me nearly 100 years later.
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