Muncie, Indiana: Published by the Durham Manufacturing Co., [circa 1920].
Duodecimo (17 x 13 cm.), 64 pages. Table of contents. Index. Illustrated. Later printing, with one cross-section diagram of the stove instead of two; some paragraphing re-spaced, but total pagination identical. A manufacturer’s cookbook designed to accompany a fireless stove brought to market shortly after the close of the First World War. With two cross-section diagrams of the stove. Approximately two hundred brief entries, emphasizing soups, boiled meats, stewed fruits, and puddings, but including also a selection of recipes for fireless baking. ~ The Durham Manufacturing Company was founded in Muncie in 1908 by James Elmer Durham (1862-1918), its original objective to produce juvenile handcars for the amusement trade. Soon thereafter it turned to card tables and related home furnishings, and eventually to fireless stoves. The Company’s earlier Reliable Stove is documented from 1915, and was promoted in Macy’s advertisements by 1918. The larger “duplex” version was evidently more widely distributed, to judge from the greater number of surviving cookbooks attaching to the name; the contents of the two books, as might be predicted, are nearly identical. ~ Near very good, in publisher’s orange oilcloth, stenciled in dark green. [OCLC locates thirteen copies (not differentiating between the first and later printings); not in Cagle].