My grandmother Nancy was born in 1901 and designed packaging for the cosmetic industry in Chicago. The president of a big cosmetic company told her the only difference between his makeup and drug store makeup was packaging and perfume, so after that she bought her makeup at the drug store. Abolene was a favorite face cream and they still sell it for next to nothing in huge jars at drugstores.

My grandmother used to save her favorite invitations in a shoebox. Here is one she gave to me: “Having Some Birds Over for Cocktails.” Because her generation lived through Prohibition, they really loved their cocktails!

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