Friday Fasters record book, 1902-1904
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Brief Description:

The Friday Fasters record book (1913-33-0) was made by Mary H. Willis to document the Litchfield female lunch club known as the Friday Fasters. The book contains a variety of items recording the activities of the club from 1902 to 1904. Inside the front cover is a watercolor depicting the lunch club in a satirical manner. The words "Semper Puratus", which translate to "always ready", appear under the name "Ye Friday Fasters". Also present in the record book is a brief explanation of the first meeting of the club and its formation, along with a list of members.

The bulk of the book is made up of lunch menus for the first and second seasons of the club. The menus list out lunch items, as well as the club members who were responsible for supplying them for the luncheon. Nine menus are included for season one, and ten regular luncheon menus are included for season two. Also present in the album is an untitled poem about the club, puzzles and riddles that were done at the luncheons, name cards, and a small selection of recipes. The record books is compiled in a scrapbook manner, and has a embroidered cover.

The item is currently housed in 3A Box 22.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Record Series Number: 00/1913-33-0
Created by: Willis, Mary H.
Volume: 0.0
Acquired: 00/00/1913.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Friday Fasters
Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Mrs. M.H. Willis  Gift
PreferredCitation: Friday Fasters record book (1913-33-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.