Best Thing since Sliced Bread is a new historical fiction short story I’m working on, set in the Chillicothe, Missouri in 1928. Luetta isn’t sure what her greatest passion is. It fluctuates between creating new dishes in the kitchen and becoming Mrs. Adams, the town’s newest bride. This newest Vintage Daze Short Story is inspired by two small cookbooks from 1928. I purchased one in an antique store and one I inherited from the two elderly ladies that lived next door when I was a girl. In researching events from 1928, I saw that the first loaf of sliced bread was sold commercially in Chillicothe, Missouri on July 6, 1928. Since that was where my Grandpa Jones is from, and an uncle still lives there, of course I had to set the story in Chillicothe!
I’m proud to be part of a group of authors that write for Tuesday Tales. Every week we write story snippets to a word prompt. Once a month we have a picture prompt. This week we write to a picture prompt. We had several to choose from. Here’s the one I picked. Don’t forget to check out the other fun story snippets from the other Tuesday Tales writers.
The bustling of Luetta’s mothers skirts behind them halted their conversation. She swept past the girls seated at the table, the hem of her dress brushing the linoleum floor and stopped at the pie safe. “What are you young ladies plotting? Trying to finagle young Mr. Adams to motor you into Kansas City for the Duck Picnic at Swope Park?”
Amanda glared at Luetta. “That’s this weekend? Is Frank taking you?” She lowered her eyes and batted her eyelashes. “You know I’d love to tag along. That is, if you two lovebirds don’t mind.”
“Not hardly. Frank’s in Kansas City this weekend, but it’s all for work.”
“On a weekend? What’s so important about greeting cards or wrapping paper to work on a weekend? I mean, Hall Brothers has grown, but it’s not like the world will end if there’s one less Christmas postcard.”
Luetta shrugged her shoulders and leaned back in her chair. “Something about a big change in production. They’re changing the name from Hall Brothers to Hallmark and they’ll be printing their new symbol on the back of every card now. You know men…he blabbered on about it and I didn’t listen to half of it.”
“You were too busy thinking up recipes in your head,” Amanda giggled.
Nodding her head in agreement, Luetta laughed. “Probably. I do remember one thing. He was excited that they’ll be the first greeting card company to advertise nationally. You’d never guess where.”
For once Amanda was without words. A puzzled expression crossed her face as she tried to think of an answer.
Luetta heaved a mock sigh and threw her hands up in the air. “Just a hint…what’s your favorite thing to buy at Crosfield’s Merchandise?”
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