In the coming days, the dating app, OKCupid, will run an advertisement campaign that has a new take on the initialism DTF, which stands for Down To Fuck.
It replaces the letter “F” with phrases such as, “Fall Head Over Heels,” “Fight about the President,” “Filter Out the Far Right,” among others. I like it because it attempts to tear away the sixth letter of the alphabet from its long, vulgar association with sex.
There’s something irrepressibly charming about vintage advertisements, such as this one.
There’s a print advertisement from Swift, dating back to 1916, to an era when women, though were dissuaded from being breadwinners, received fulsome praise if they could bake their own breads.
Its message couldn’t be more direct.
A spoonful is all you need if you use Swift’s “Silverleaf” Brand Pure Lard to make these good things.
It makes “making” seem so effortless, and the kitchen, a place of uncommon comfort.
A blurb, on the lower left, gave short recipes of the “good things”—graham muffins, gingerbread, and coconut cookies—that could be made with it.
It showed a matronly hand, ladling the product out of a little tin pail, with an oversized spoon.
In its totality, the advertisement is so sweetly innocent and elementary that one almost feels a stab of guilt for not snatching the apron off its hook, rolling up the blouse sleeves, and getting down to kneading some serious dough.