I was just given a treasure chest of valuable information!
The president of our organic gardening club is moving out of the area. The club has been around since 1955 and has an extensive library of magazines and articles going back over half a century. As secretary of the club, I have been given custody of this treasure trove.
It really is just that because there are many articles and contributions from what I call the "Popular Mechanics" generation. These folks were tinkerers of unbelievable ingenuity. They lived through the Great Depression and WWII shortages. Somehow they kept their families fed on little city lots in spite of the difficulties.
I've had very little time to look at anything yet, but it was interesting that several of the things I grabbed from the top of the nearest box were from 1975. A prominent theme is dealing with the shortage of canning lids. There was an economic downturn and people started putting up more food. Canning lids became scarce. Indiana even held hearings on the shortages. There really is nothing new under the sun, but somehow we keep forgetting.
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