Sphere Magazine- June/July 1972

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Sphere June-July 1972

Here is the next installment for all my Sphere Magazine fans!  The June/July 1972 issue is filled with food for family reunions, picnics, outdoor parties, and 4th of July cookies for kids to make.  Before we get to the food, we have to address the hair and clothes of 1972.

Sphere June July 72 hair

Who remembers this hair?  It looks like every girl on my college campus at the time!

Sphere June July 72 long dress

Poofy sleeves, and coulette pants that look like a dress!  Remember how you had to take off the entire outfit to go to the bathroom??  Try doing that in a tiny stall!

Sphere June July 72 backyard party

I remember all the parties of the time were either fondue and anything on a skewer.  Look how her beads are tied.  I remember doing that, too.  My husband swears he never wore a jacket like that.  I do, however, remember him wearing pants that were a little loud.

I don’t think I can recall anyone who didn’t macrame something, like a belt or a plant hanger, at least!  This issue has a pattern for making a macrame hammock.

Sphere June July 72 macrame hammock

This summer issue has articles on how to buy a grill, throw a backyard bash, instructions on how to grill a whole fish, at least eight recipes for summer salads,  and even how to sew your own tennis outfits.  One article is all about how to plan a family reunion, and how grandma should wear this apron to the party:

Sphere June July 72 apron

Forget the apron, the family reunion article had typical summer dishes with everyone bringing along their specialties like Uncle Harry’s baked beans, Hattie’s bean salad, Aunt Susan’s cabbage slaw, Grandma’s baked chicken, and my favorite, Cousin Martha’s potato salad, which of course I had to make.   It has radishes, shredded cucumber, lots of onion, and a little lemon juice.  It’s really good!  Nice and creamy with a nice crunch from the radishes and onion.

Sphere June July 72 potato salad on checkered plate

Starting with the August 1972 issue, Sphere went monthly. However, I will not be writing about the August issue because it is the ONLY Sphere I don’t have!  I am hoping one of you out there has the issue and will take pity on me and scan the entire issue, front page to back page.  I’ll pay the postage.  Or even better, if anyone has an extra copy, I’ll be happy to buy it from you and pay the postage.  Do I sound desperate?  I have been searching for that issue for a long time to no avail.

See you in September for the next part of the series.  The September issue has THE wedding cake.  Anyone who knows Sphere, knows what I am talking about.  If you don’t know about the famous cake, you’ll just have to wait and see.  It’s a showstopper.

Hope you enjoyed another blast from the past.  I’m glad there are still staples we enjoy after all these years like the potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw.  But please, never again those poofy sleeves and pant/long dress things.  Or that apron.

In the meantime, just make the potato salad.

Cousin Martha’s Potato Salad

About 6-7 pounds red potatoes
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
6 Tablespoons lemon juice
2-1/4 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
3 medium onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings
1 cup thinly sliced radishes (I used a little more because I love radishes)
1-1/2 cups shredded unpared cucumber, drained and squeezed dry
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 Tablespoon celery seeds
1 cup mayonnaise

Garnish:  tomato slices and hard-cooked egg wedges

1.  Cook unpared potatoes in boiling water until done but still firm (do not overcook).  Drain; cool and peel.  Cut into cubes to measure 14 cups into a large bowl.

2.  Mix vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and sugar; pour over potatoes.  Toss to mix well.  Add remaining ingredients (except garnishes) and toss well.  Cover bowl and chill.  Garnish with tomato slices and hard-cooked egg wedges before serving.   Makes 16 servings.

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4 Responses to Sphere Magazine- June/July 1972

  1. July 30, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    I remember those clothes and that hair. I had a poufy jumpsuit that buttoned down the back, little tiny covered buttons with fabric loops instead of buttonholes. There were at least 20 of them. Really bad idea to wear it when drinking beer.

    I hope you find the missing issue of Sphere. I’ve been trying to find it for you. No luck so far.

    • July 31, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Madonna, you are so sweet to look for the missing issue! Hopefully one of us will find it someday. I remember those fabric loops, too. They never seemed as sturdy as button holes.

  2. July 31, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Oh, my! A blast to the past! Makes me smile remembering wonderful family picnics, the annual Elks Club picnics, BBQ’s, etc., and all revolving around whoever made the best potato salad. I have a great recipe but it looks like I will have to give this one a try and test it out at the upcoming family 80th grandma birthday celebration!! I will let you know!

    • July 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      Yes, let me know, Kim! Have fun at Grandma’s birthday party.

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