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It is an insult and a crime that this caftan doesn't fit me.

thanks to @erinbee it looks like the best date so far is late 1939 to very early 1941.

I love finding old cookbooks like this; it is very possible I have the only one left.

@scearley Assuming this is the same woman, an Ella Jarvimaki married an H.E. Atterberry in King County in 1939 (digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/) and they were living in Kirkland in 1940 (familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:).

At one time Seattle had 26 trolley lines. Of course the state didn't help, building major bridges without trolley lines. The auto manfacturers fought in city council meetings as well.

Eventually plastic shifts from a novelty to something useful (though still expensive) in items. All of this comes together starting 1936, with the trolley lines declining due to mismanaged funds and everything else.

The last trolley was removed from service in 1941; the book thus published in the late 30s.

Althea Drennan doesn't show up in any searches. Nothing about her business (though it was probably not licensed to start with).

It's that little location hint in the bottom.

"Take the No 7 Trolley to Edmunds Street"

and then I find an ad for a woman who cuts hair after hours.

Halverson's, it turns out, doesn't help me as much, narrowing things from ca 1925 to the late 50s. A little better but still nooing through ads it seems like I can't find a thing out. Nothing I search for in the archives shows up. It's as if none of these businesses or people ever existed except for Mr La Porte, the barber.

Exciting!
But that means the best I can do on a date for this book is somewhere between 1923 and 1961, matching the address in the ad.
I understand this book could be much newer than I estimate because of paper selection and how it is stored. But 40 years is not good enough.

Oh! An ad for Halverson's!

And photos of him and his shop span from his barbershop as part of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition of 1909 through a shot of his barbershop shortly after he retired from cutting hair (but still running the shop) in 1961.

All thanks to the Rainier Valley Historical Society and the Digital Collection at the University of Washington.

digitalcollections.lib.washing

There are, however, ads in the cookbook. I have looked up old companies in Seattle before, and between the UW digital archives and historylink.org maybe I can find something on when the companies existed.
And it turns out Menzo is listed in some of the archives a few times!

I started by looking up comb binding. If I knew the history of comb binding I could at least get a bottom number.

But I can't find anything. I even look through patents and a history of comb binding seems to materialize in 1965. Which is clearly incorrect.

I am still at zero. Because the club was started in the late 1910s means nothing about when the book was made. Nor can I find out when the club disbanded.

A little searching showed that "The Happy Hour Club" was a civic minded club for women to go to and do whatever it is these clubs do for a couple hours.

A fundraising cookbook is not irregular in post-war years. This one looks at least as old as the late 40s student/parent cookbooks from the U ofOregon I find.

But there's no date. And the club number (32) is very low. But when was the cookbook printed?

I got this cookbook today for a buck.

No date was listed inside, so this led me on quite an adventure trying to figure it out.

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If you're sad today, please enjoy looking at these Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, from the Oregon Zoo's conservation program.

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holy shit is Guile/Scheme some POINTLESSLY DIFFICULT crap to run.