No matter how obscure the task – how to re-attach GI Joe’s legs, how to dress like a Hobbit, how to meow like a cat – You Tube has a tutorial.
But, decades before PayPal alumni Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim birthed their video-sharing behemoth, companies were offering how-to tutorials via silent film.
This 1940 Vancouver gem comes to us courtesy of the City of Vancouver archives. Use of Milk Products is a full 7 minutes and 50 seconds on how to prepare a meal using milk, whipping cream, butter and sour cream. Jersey Farms silently tracks our bebelted housewife as she adds bottled milk to a can of tomato soup, traces the circumference of her bowls, whips and dollops her cream, and makes a tray of ice-cream in the freezer.
Her perfectly coiffed little boy doesn’t look so sure about his blue plastic bib or his all-milk birthday brunch. No matter.
The video ends with a mysterious showing of the milk-lids ceremony, which takes place outside.
A most important milk product that this video does not feature is the milkshake. Perhaps next on the bibbed boy’s birthday brunch is a trip to White Spot – founded in 1928 by Nat Bailey who set up his Model T as a travelling lunch counter – for milkshakes.
By 1955, White Spot’s Car Hop service was seeing 10,000 cars a day. With all of the wild milkshakes now available across Vancouver, many still give their heart to the White Spot chocolate milkshake.
For some 21st Century Use of Milk Products in Vancouver, check out the candy-mad milkshakes from Firecrust Pizzeria. As they wrote October 9th on their Instagram: ‘Do you know we have 4 types of epic shakes? Badass Brownie, Candyland, Birthday Cake, and Kit Krush.’
Daily Hive captured the milkshake madness:
Header: Clarissa Carbungco