Friday, September 24, 2021

Vintage 1960s Tunnel of Fudge Cake


In 1966 the “Tunnel of Fudge” won the Pillsbury Bake-Off.


Tunnel of Fudge Cake




1 3/4 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups margarine or butter, softened

6 eggs

2 cups powdered sugar

2 1/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose or Unbleached Flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups chopped walnuts*



3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 4 to 6 teaspoons milk


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan or 10-inch tube pan. In a large bowl, combine sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar; blend well. By hand, stir in flour and remaining cake ingredients until well blended. Spoon batter into greased and floured pan; spread evenly.


Bake at 350°F. for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is set and edges are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.**  Cool upright in pan on wire rack 1 1/2 hours. Invert onto serving plate; cool for at least 2 hours.

In a small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Spoon over top of the cake, allowing some to run downsides. Store tightly covered.  Serves 16


* Nuts are essential for the success of this recipe.

** Since this cake has a soft filling, an ordinary doneness test cannot be used. Accurate oven temperature and baking times are essential.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Vintage 1960s Men's Ties

Men’s Ties


With the advent of the 1960s, men's ties went on a diet after the era of wide ties in the 1940s and 50s. Enter the skinny tie. As the name suggests, the skinny tie is narrower than the standard tie and often all-black. Skinny ties have widths 1 ½ to 2 12 inches at their widest, compared to  3 to 4 inches for regular ties. 

F Fans of British bands such as The Beatles and The Kinks, alongside the mod subculture, popularized skinny ties in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The clothes of the time had evolved to become more form-fitting and tailored. Knitted skinny ties with a squared-off bottom were especially popular.

Standard neckties:

Neckties with a pointed bottom were still the “go-to” tie for most occasions.  Most were a solid color or had multiple colored horizontal stripes. As the decade progressed, textured ties were the latest and greats neckwear design. Tweed, nubby silk and waffle polyester added interest to plain colors. Small monograms and designs in the center of the panel was also a trademark of 1960s ties.

The mid-1960s brought about an influx of pop art influenced designs. The first was designed in Britain in 1965 by Michael Fish. Ties became wider and went to the other extreme – giving birth to some of the widest neckties ever, up to 6 inches and sometimes in wild colors and designs.


Bow Ties:

Popular perception tends to associate bow tie wearers with particular professions, such as architects, finance, attorneys, university professors, teachers, waiters, politicians, and…clowns. Pediatricians frequently wear bow ties since infants cannot grab them the way they could grab a conventional necktie.


Bow ties do not get soiled or accidentally or deliberately, strangle the wearer. Classical musicians traditionally perform in white tie or black tie ensembles, of which both designs are bow ties. Bow ties are also associated with weddings, mainly because of their almost universal inclusion in traditional formal attire.


During the 1960s, fat butterfly bow ties were also trendy. Solid earth tone colors were worn for business, while pastels and big geometric prints found their way to more casual and progressive venues. 

A bow tie may seem intimidating to tie for many men. There were and are alternatives: the pre-tied, the clip-on, “Pre-tied” bow ties are ties in which the distinctive bow is sewn onto a band that goes around the neck and clips to secure. The "clip-on" dispenses with the band altogether, instead, clipping straight to the collar.

Clip-On Ties

A clip-on does not go around the neck but clips to the collar points. This applies to both conventional neckties and bowties.


Pre-Tied Ties

Wearing a ready-tied bow tie at formal occasions requiring a black or white tie dress code is usually considered a faux pas. They are more commonly found at such occasions, such as high school proms or events at which the participants are unlikely to have had much experience wearing bow ties.


Silk scarf Ties

Silk scarf ties were and are a more flamboyant choice for creative and theatrical types.

Neckties of all sorts have always found a place at work, on stage, or at more formal events. The 1960s ushered in a much more casual “do your own thing” attitude, which left neckwear literally “hanging out to dry.”  Not until the 1980s did neckties regain a popular place in a man's wardrobe.




Saturday, September 11, 2021

Vintage 1960 Cars 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass

 1962 Oldsmobile F85  Cutlass Convertible


The vision of American cars of the early 1960s is usually one of gigantic land barges with tons of chrome and tailfins, but the truth is "The Volkswagen problem," forced American automakers to rethink their model lineups in the early 1960s. Small cars had never sold well or proved popular with buyers up to that point, but when the VW Beetle's popularity took off due to changing buyer demographics, it signaled a shift to small and efficient vehicles. The American auto industry, makers of large and opulent "land yachts" responded with a compact in their own way. Ford and Plymouth sold their conventional front-engine/rear-drive Falcons and Valiants, Chevrolet went out on a limb with the air-cooled, rear-engined Corvair.


By 1961, Ford was selling Falcons, and Chevrolet was turning out rear-engined, air-cooled Corvairs while Rambler, which had essentially invented the American compact car came in third place.


Oldsmobile wanted in on the action, and its entry was the F-85, the base of the Cutlass line. It was a smartly styled, high-compression V-8-powered derivative of the Corvair in Club Coupe, sedan, and station wagon, with a convertible in 1962. If you were not one to follow the crowd, the F-85 represented a truly unique choice. The F-85s offered performance unlike anything else in its class.


My wife had a 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan that she drove through college. She loved it.



Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Vintage 1960s Movies

The Apartment


          The Apartment was a 1960 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder from a screenplay he co-wrote with I. A. L. Diamond, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.

          The story followed C. C. “Bud” Baxter (Jack Lemmon), an insurance clerk who, in the hope of climbing the corporate ladder, lets more senior coworkers use his Upper West Side apartment to conduct extramarital affairs. Bud is attracted to the elevator operator, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), who in turn is having an affair with Bud's immediate boss, Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray).

          The movie was distributed by United Artists to favorable reviews and commercial success, despite controversy owing to its subject matter. It was nominated for ten awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Lemmon and MacLaine were Oscar-nominated and won Golden Globe Awards for their performances in the film.

          The Apartment has come to be regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, appearing in lists by the American Film Institute and Sight and Sound magazine, and being selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in theNational Film Registry.


An added note:

Art director Alexandre Trauner used forced perspective to create the set of a large insurance company office. The set appeared to be a very long room full of desks and workers; however, successively smaller people and desks were placed to the back of the room, ending up with children. He designed the set of Baxter's apartment to appear smaller and shabbier than the spacious apartments that usually appeared in films of the day. He used items from thrift stores and even some of Wilder's own furniture for the set.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Vintage 1960s Party Sandwich Loaf


My aunt had a lovely pool and every Labor day she had a pool party for the family. She made a sandwich loaf similar to this one. The rest of the family brought salads. And, of course, watermelon for dessert!

Party Sandwich Loaf

Prepare  the fillings below. Trim crust from 1 loaf of unsliced sandwich bread. Cut loaf horizontally into 4 equal slices. Spread on side of three slices with softened butter. Place 1 bread slice buttered side up on a serving plate. Bread evenly with one filling. Top with a second bread slice and spread evenly with a second filling. Top with the third slice and spread with the third filing. Top with remaining bread slice. Frost top and sides with cream cheeses frosting (below). Chill until frosting has set about 30 minutes. Wrap with a damp cloth and continue to chill for 2-1/2 hours or overnight. Serves 12-14


Shrimp Salad Filling

1 hardboiled egg, finely chopped

1 can (4 1/2 oz) broken shrimp, rinsed and drained

2 Tbsp finely chopped celery

1 Tbsp lemon juice

3/4 tsp salt

dash pepper

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients

 Mix all ingredients


Cheese-Pecan Filling
• 1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese softened
• 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
• 1 can (8-3/4 oz.) crushed pineapple, well-drained

Mix all ingredients


Chicken-Bacon Filling
• 8 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
• 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tbsp. finely chopped pimiento
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1/8 tsp. pepper

Mix all ingredients


Cream Cheese Frosting
• 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese softened
• 1/2 cup light cream
• Green food coloring

Mix cheese and cream thoroughly. Add a few drops of food coloring to tint the frosting.