Claude Barber, Visiting Rochester Friends

1926 FrigidaireIt appeared today’s post would be short:

Leoria and Claude visit friends in Rochester, New York about 170 miles from their home in Endicott, New York. Today that takes us about two and a half hours by car. When they traveled in August of 1926, when cars generally reached touring speeds of 40 mph due to the quality of tires, brakes, and roads, it likely took twice as long. I would choose to travel by train and possibly they did.

Betty Jean is just two years old and Claude, Jr is 9 months old. Did they go on the trip or stay home with Grandma Lovina while their 22 and 23-year-old parents have a getaway?


A picture makes every article more interesting so included above is an advertisement from that newspaper page for a refrigerator, that by the way, would look great in my 1935 bungalow. I think they even had more space than the current counter depth ones have today.

1926 Hellmans

On the opposite side of this society page is a Hellmann’s ad touting the use of their mayonnaise in Bermuda Salad with apples and onions. Possibly Hellmann’s paired the ingredients because the Bermuda onion is touted even in modern times for its mild flavor and sweetness. “You can eat it like an apple.”

Keith’s Magazine on Home Building, 1921, publishes this recipe:

Bermuda Salad

One-half cup sliced Bermuda onions
One bunch lettuce
One and one-half cups shredded beets.

Slice onions crosswise, very thin.
Dredge with salt and pepper and pour over two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon sugar.
Let stand one hour to season.
Cut the beets in narrow strips, mix with three tablespoons French dressing and add the drained onions.
Let stand a few minutes.
Toss the lettuce in additional dressing and arrange the salad upon it.

No doubt in Hellmann’s recipe the French Dressing is made with Hellmann’s Mayonaise. It appears the apples replace the beets.  It sounds a little dicey, but if you think about it, add broccoli, walnuts or sunflower seeds, maybe cheddar cubes and a little bacon and you have a very popular barbecue get-together staple.

There you go, almost a hundred years later and Frigidaire, Hellmann’s and Bermuda Salad still sustain us, although with a few permutations.

Another Barber receives mention in columns to the left on the Personal and Social Notes of Timely Interest in the Binghamton Press on the same day. The next post tells you who it is.

Grandfather, grandmother