Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

The Truth About A Lye: A Practical, Money-Saving Guide For Lewis' Lye Users, 29th Edition

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The front cover is red, white, black and blue with a can of Lewis' Lye in the middle on a black background to the right of "The Truth About A Lye" in white print. White lines radiate from the top of the can dividing sketches of the many uses on a red background. Above the can is "Packed with performance for farm and home uses." At the bottom is "A Practical, Money-Saving Guide for Lewis' Lye Users, 29th Edition" in black print on a blue background. The back cover is white with a promotion for Other Penn Salt Products and the company's name and address at the bottom. The front end page has seven black-and-white photographs of various farming uses of Lewis' Lye with a white box in the middle with captions. The back end page has "Pointers On Using Lewis' Lye" and "How To Treat Lye Burns." The first page is an index. There is an introduction, "Meet Lewis' Lye, 'All-Around Handy Man' in the Home and around the Farm" above a drawing of all the places Lewis' Lye can be used. "What the Brand Name 'Lewis' Lye' Means to You" provides a brief history of lye-making by The Pennsylvania Salt Mfg. Co. and the benefits of Lewis' Lye. Following are instructions for using Lewis' Lye for making soap, cleaning a myriad of items in the house, on farms and in business, in gardening and in food preparation (removing fruit skins, curing olives, preparing hominy).

Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Lewis' Lye

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


48 p.

16.3 x 10.5 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is under copyright.


Citation: The Truth About A Lye: A Practical, Money-Saving Guide For Lewis' Lye Users, 29th Edition. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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