Celery in the 1890s
See the vase on the table in this Potter & Wrightington's Tomato Soup ad? It is a celery vase. In the 1890s it was fashionable to display your celery, which was considered a delicacy.
It was hard to come by until California growers discovered how well it grew here, particularly in the area of Wintersburg. California celery was shipped around the country.
From Learning to Cook in 1898: A Chicago culinary memoir, (Ellen FitzSimmons Steinberg, Eleanor Hudera Hanson), "Weekly wholesale reports in 1898 show the price of California celery held fairly steady at between forty and fifty cents per dozen bunches…A frugal homemaker would have been wise to learn how to prepare these particular vegetables in as many ways as possible."
From the Golden Age Cookbook (1898), we have Celery Sandwiches:
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