An image of Madame De Ryther has at last surfaced.
It’s not the best image, but I’ll take it. I have to thank Bill Simpson of Charlotte, NC, for pointing out this image’s existence to me (quite a long time ago, actually). Because he found it on newspapers.com, he did not feel he could share it for me to post, and of course I agreed with him on that. While the copyright has expired, sites like Newspapers.com and Genealogy Bank have user agreements that prohibit users from sharing their finds willy-nilly. Some get around this problem by finding articles on those sites and then looking for those same articles on free digital archive sites. But this particular Ohio newspaper—The Hamilton Evening Journal (published between 1908-1933)—was only available on newspapers.com.
So I had put this image out of mind—until recently, when I decided to take a closer look at the user agreement and discovered that “public domain content” can sometimes be used in very small quantities publicly if proper permission is obtained. So I sent off an email to ask newspapers.com for permission to publish on a non-commercial family history blog.
As you can see, fortunately for me, they said “yes.” Timing-wise it’s kind of spooky since Jule is discussing cleanliness and germs (albeit bacterial); on the other hand it’s good to see such discussions were in the news at that time. Forewarned is forearmed. We all know what happened in 1918/19.
Jule, who was born in Little Falls, NY, died in NYC of pneumonia on March 14, 1915, at age 69, so this article’s publication came towards the end of her career. She was living in a hotel at the time. Bill told me that he had discovered information indicating that she had been evicted from her home of 30 years prior to her death. A very sad end for a woman of such tremendous talent.
This may well be the only image ever published of her. I hope I am wrong about that. If anyone ever comes across another one, please let me know.
Past posts on Madame De Ryther:
- Madame Jule A. De Ryther—Early-20th-century American food writer
- 1904: “Some Dainty Luncheon Dishes” by Madame Jule De Ryther
- 1906: Food writer Madame De Ryther journeys to Jamaica & comments on ship cuisine
- 1904: “Two Good Cakes” from Mme. De Ryther, “the best gentlewoman cook in America”
- 1904: Madame Melba prompts Madame De Ryther to write about puddings
- 1903/1904: Quince jam, plum jelly, and salad recipes from Madame De Ryther
- Jule & Juliet, 1896: Madame De Ryther’s “Roast Saddle of Venison” — a recipe from the Adirondacks
- “Family” recipe Friday: 1904—Madame de Ryther writes about custards and blackberry pie