Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

The Truth About A Lye

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The front cover has a black and white ornate frame around the title in red lettering outlined in black and the company trademark: the silhouette of a Pennsylvania Quaker holding a scale in black. The company name and address is at the bottom in red. There is handwriting in blue ink at the bottom. The back cover has a black and white lined border with "The Convenient Friction Top Can" in black at the top and "Beware of substitutes; Insist upon the Genuine -- the can bearing the Quaker Label" in black at the bottom. A large can of Lewis' Lye in red, black and white is on a white background with a red frame. Above the can in red is "Look for the can with the Quaker Label." The front end page six graduated-size silhouettes of Quakers holding scales in front of a tilted drawing of a can of Lewis' Lye. Above is "Standard of Purity; High Test and Uniformity Maintained by 69 Years of Lye Manufacturing Experience." At the bottom is copyright information. The back end page is an advertisement for Lewis' Lye. The title page has a box around "Valuable Recipes and Suggestions for Soapmaking and Many Other Uses for Lewis' Lye. At the bottom is a purple stamp for Chas. A. Peterson, Tustin, Mich. A forward and an Index precede instructions for using American Lye for making soap, cleaning a myriad of items in the house, on farms and in business, and in food preparation (removing fruit skins, curing olives, preparing hominy). There is a description of American Lye in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish and Swedish. The last page tells how to treat lye burns. The centerfold has a black-and-white drawing of the American Lye plant in Wyandotte, Michigan.

Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Printer: William H. Pool Co. (Chicago, Ill.)

Brand Name: Lewis' Lye

Publisher: Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.)


56 p.

16.2 x 10.9 cm



  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

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Copyright: This item is under copyright.


Citation: The Truth About A Lye. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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