Nancy’s Belles Cook Book, 1938. For the Benefit of the Carillon Fund. First Edition, First Printing. War Time Cookbook Dedicated to Peace. Beginning in 1919, at the end of World War I, Nancy Brown wrote a extremely popular Detroit News columnist, writing about everything from cooking to religion. In 1936–with the threat of World War II looming–, Brown’s readers (Nancy’s Belles) proposed building a carillon on Belle Isle, where they attended Sunrise Services that Brown organized. In fund raising, bazaars and fund-raisers were held to raise cash, and the sales of Brown’s this cookbook toward the tower. In all, more than 60,000 people gave money to the cause. The 85-foot Neo-Gothic carillon cost nearly $59,000 (about well-over $925,000 today).
This cookbook was first published in 1938, prepared and published by Nancy’s Bells. This copy is from the first edition, first printing. It’s cover is heavy, light olive-colored card stock protected by clear cellophane. Unfortunately, the cellophane is worn and the cover has quite a bit of shelf wear, with dings and folds. It has 144 pages of classic recipes. With the exception of two cake recipe pages, all the pages are clear and clean. About 24 pages at the back and a few pages sprinkled through the cookbook are local advertising. The stapled binding is tight, The cookbook is in excellent antique condition.
The preface of the book says,
Our aim: Own a bell.
Our Motto: Peace.
Our name: Nancy’s Belles.