Iridor Candy Making Course [Six Publications in Original Box]
Woman-made candy making in America’s 1930s
Bright, cheerful suite of candy-making instructional books —very period in design— geared toward women seeking to become candy-making entrepreneurs.
The First title, Introduction to the Iridor Complete Candy Making Course begins with portrait photos of the two women authors, looking earnest, who lay it all out: “Welcome into the nation-wide group of ambitious women who are following the Iridor Plan to win financial independence and happiness [...] Candy making is essentially woman’s work, and is considered as great an accomplishment as are any of the other household arts…”
The second title: The Iridor Business Manual lays out the framework for running such an enterprise: “Women who succeed are those who go into a profession or business to which, by nature, they are better adapted than men. The candy business meets this condition ideally. For every shop selling woman-made candy that now exists there is a need for a hundred more….” Naming, packaging candies, renting counters, establishing prices, window dressing; the guide lines are established.
The next four publications are candy-making manuals: Bonbons and other cream candies; Glacé and Hard Candies; Caramels and Chewing Candies and Chocolates. Recipes are given; how-to’s are illustrated. Scarce in this condition.
Description: Iridor Candy Making Course [Six Publications in Original Box]
New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons: 1941. Complete Boxed Set. First title in paper wrappers, 23, pp. Second volume in boards, 42, pp. Then, four softcover booklets in landscape format; 36, ; 25, ; 32, ; 27, pp. Illustrated by halftone from original photographs. Publisher’s box is worn and broken. Publisher’s p.circular and related ephemera laid in. Titles are bright and clean with light wear or scattered light foxing. Very good to near fine, overall.