Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

St. Jacobs Oil


The front cover is a light blue, pink and white Victorian cover. At the top, the text "Good Things. The Chas. A. Vogeler Co.'s Cookery Book and Book of Comfort & Health, Baltimore, Md., U.S.A." is written in a black and white title. In the middle of the cover, there is a drawn illustration lithograph of a black servant waiting on the father, daughter, mother and son at the dining room table. Below the illustration, there is a quote by Owen Meredith stating "Civilized man cannot live without cooks." The back cover begins with the text "St. Jacobs Oil" followed by "The Great Remedy for Pain." It then continues by listing all the cures of the oil in a black box-type figure. Some of the cures include rheumatism, neuralgia, sciatica, lumbago, sprains, bruises, stiffness, headache, toothache, backache, burns, scalds. On the left there is a drawn illustration of St. Jacobs in a red robe holding a bottle of oil in his left hand. The very bottom of the cover consist of the phrase "Compliments of the retail drug trade." The inside pages start off with a calendar from 1897-1898 and continues with a page of "Cookery and Content, Comfort and Health." The rest of the following pages are filled with Cookery Receipts including breads, soups, meats, vegetables, cakes, candies, eggs and miscellaneous others. To wrap up the pamphlet, the last inside page entails a paragraph about the uses St. Jacob's oil has brought to individuals around the globe. There are newspaper clippings that were found inside of the pamphlet for menus and recipes.

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Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Printer: Feister Press (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Brand Name: St. Jacob's Oil

Publisher: Chas. A. Vogeler Co., (Baltimore, Md.)


32 p.

17.8 x 11.7 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: St. Jacobs Oil. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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