Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

The Rapid Home Science Book


The front cover is brown with white, orange, and black lettering. There is a drawing of a chef holding a plate with two chickens on it exclaiming "It is marvelous marvelous. The taste supreme." There is an oval picture of William Campbell. Above the title is the text: Experts everywhere recommend and use the world famous Fireless Cooker. The back cover is brown with a drawing of two girls eating at a table. Below them is an open Fireless Cooker with pans below it and the text: "Good old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast is no trouble at all with a Rapid." The front end page has oval photographic of William Campbell and Alexandra E. Campbell. It has a typed letter from both of them. The back end page has drawing of a man and woman on a picnic with an orange line around it and the caption inside the frame: Campers, Hunters, Ranchmen, Tourists -- Everywhere Depend on a Rapid for REAL food. Page one had the 10 reasons you should have a Rapid Fireless Cooker. The first 43 pages are an advertisement for the Rapid Fireless Cooker. Pages 2-27 have banners across the bottom with different sayings about the Fireless Cooker that read like Burma Shave signs. The centerfold has a picture of the Fireless Cooker open with pans below it. On page 32, there is a small piece of the pure aluminum used. Page 37 is a copy of a notarized written signed letter from William Campbell. Starting on page 44 is the Book of Famous Recipes proved and prepared for us by three celebrated culinary experts. Page 53-54 has a typed letter from Alexandra Campbell. Starting on page 55 are recipes for preserving food. Pages 60-63 have testimonials or addresses of people who have written positive statements about the Rapid. Page 64 details what the picture on the back end page is about and a short advertisement to order the Rapid now.

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Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Campbell Stoves

Publisher: William Campbell Co. (Detroit, Mich.)

1914 (ca.)

64 p.

22.9 x 15.2 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: The Rapid Home Science Book. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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