"GET INTO THE HABIT OF REFERRING TO THE CALENDAR NOT ONLY IN EMERGENCIES, BUT DAILY, AND DO NOT LOOK UPON IT AS TOO GOOD FOR EVERYDAY": SCARCE SET OF ELIZABETH O. HILLER'S CULINARY CALENDARS, CIRCA 1915-20
HILLER, Elizabeth O. Set of Culinary Calendars: Sandwiches and Beverages; Luncheons Teas and Suppers; Salads, New Dinners for All Occasions; and Cakes, Fillings and Frostings. Joliet, Illinois and Chicago: P.F. Volland, circa 1915-20. Five Volumes. Oblong octavo (5-1/2 by 11 inches), cord-bound as issued, original pictorial paper wrappers. $1400.
Early editions of these scarce and entertaining five culinary calendars filled with themed recipes (sandwiches, dinners, cakes, etc.)—one for each day of the year—compiled by one of the most famous food personalities in early 20th-century America.
Elizabeth O. Hiller was a well-known "lecturer on household science" and Principal of the Chicago Domestic Science Training School. She gained early fame in 1905 as runner-up to Fannie Farmer in a competition to become the new columnist for The Women's Home Companion. Hiller's series of calendars, including those on salads, luncheons, sandwiches, desserts and cakes were all published by the P.F. Volland Company. German-born Paul Frederick Volland founded the his company with the intention of publishing artful greeting cards. By 1917, he had expanded his scope to include calendars and children's books, among them the famous Raggedy Ann series. Hiller's culinary calendars continued to be his steady best-sellers. The titles in this set include: The Calendar of Sandwiches & Beverages; The Calendar of Luncheons, Teas, and Suppers; New Calendar of Salads; New Dinners for All Occasions; and The Calendar of Cakes, Fillings, and Frostings. Without original boxes. Recipes laid into Salads and tipped onto the wrapper versos of Sandwiches & Beverages.
Interiors generally fine, a bit of wear and soiling to wrappers including a few small corners torn away, tape to verso of corner of Dinners. Extremely good condition.