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Recipe Book - Disabled Men's Association of Australia, The Best of Everything Recipe Book, 1927 Object Reg. No: HT 7512

'The Best of Everything Recipe Book', produced by The Disabled Men's Association of Australia, 1927.

Probably given to Kath Davis by her mother for her glory box. Kath Davis began collecting items for her glory box when she started work at 17, living with her parents in Traralgon, and had competed her collection by around 1940.
Small book with cardboard cover
Statement Of Significance:
Glory boxes represented a significant rite of passage for many women growing up before, during and after World War Two. They provide a material symbol through which can be explored themes of artistry, sexuality, economy and cultural maintenance. Of particular interest is how glory boxes can be used to track the growing consumer culture after World War Two and how there was a shift from the hand made to the mass produced. The traditions cross time and cultures.

Kath Davis's box is significant for the strength of its documented story, and for its completeness in terms of survival of both the box and its collection.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Kath Davis, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1.00 cm (Height), 12.10 cm (Width), 18.10 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: disabilities, glory boxes, recipes
Themes this item is part of: Kath Davis' Glory Box 1930s-1940s, Domestic & Community Life Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Cooking
Tertiary Classification: recipes
Inscriptions: On cover: The Disabled Men's Association/of Australia/CENTRAL OFFICE: 10 ST. JAMES BUILDING/LT. COLLINS ST. MELBOURNE/The/Best of/Everything/RECIPE/BOOK/Price/2/- Nett.
Publisher: Disabled Men's Association of Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1927
User: Ms Kath Davis, Traralgon, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, circa 1938
References: Oral history interview, 2003 (disc and abbreviated transcript); references in 'The Glory Box: Origins, Symbols and Experiences', 1996 (masters thesis) and in 'The Glory Box: Marriage, Migration and Material Culture in Australia, 1930-1960' (phd thesis in progress) - all produced by Moya McFadzean


Anne McCartin Posted on 17 Jan 2013 12:30 PM
I recently moved my father into aged care and in tidying up the household posessions I found a booklet called 'Medical Prescriptions' by the Disabled Mens Association of Australia. The publish date appears to be September 1929. Interestingly my father also grew up in Traralgon, Victoria.

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