Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

The Magic Crystal [1919]


The front cover is a beige color that consists of a drawn color illustration. In the drawing, there is a bare breasted fairy princess waving her wand over a basket of clothes held by a women in a polka dot dress. The illustration makes it seem as though the reader is looking through a white framed window. The title "The Magic Crystal" is written in a white text at the top of the drawing. The back cover is a drawn color illustration of a lady in a dark green outfit looking at a store window display of 20-Mule Team Borax. A Household Necessity. The bottom of the illustration states "It's the BORAX with the SOAP that does the work." The inside pages start off with a little paragraph that tells the reader a some information about "The Magic Crystal." The following inside pages are filled with different ways Borax can be used in various rooms throughout the household. Some of those rooms include the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and nursery. There are also medical recipes for for such things as sunburns, freckles and sore throats. The last couple pages in the inside entail a little history about Borax, information about "Borax" the Fly and some new and valuable uses for "20 Mule Team" Borax.

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Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Borax

Publisher: Pacific Coast Borax Co. (Chicago, Ill.)


24 p.

15.2 x 10.1 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: The Magic Crystal [1919]. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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