They are having some sort of Bad Gelatin Mold Ad competition over at the ever-wonderful LiveJournal Vintage Ads, and so you can imagine that it was very hard to choose just one. But this one comes with a bonus comic-strip storyline - and what a story it is.
Joan has got a problem. Well, two problems. One is that it is really hot out (I feel your pain, Joan, I prefer autumn myself). And the other is one of those pesky in-law issues (pesky would apply to both the in-law and the issue in this case). To wit: rich Uncle Ted is coming to lunch. Please note that his financial status totally impacts the menu choice. I mean, if this was Uncle Ted the failing haberdasher, Joan could just slap together a few tuna sandwiches and call it a day.
You know, on second thought, she really should have done just that. Because tuna sandwiches are better than what she and Fran come up with as a meal idea: Glacé Salmon Salad. That actually looks like a real salmon. A real salmon in a science exhibit - a plexiglass salmon, clear so you can see all its cunning little innards. No, Joan, don't do it!
I couldn't quite get the Joan comic to scan straight, and it is a little blurry (so is Joan's culinary judgment, so whatever) - but you get the general idea. Joan and Fran are busy debating mayonnaise versus salad dressing issues when really this is not the point at all.
Yes, Joan, there is a "gourmet's word" for this mess and that word is unprintable (imagine what the Colonel would think of this!). Uncle Ted is just being a courtly Southern gentleman. He's complimenting the mayo, not your meal. So I wouldn't be counting on that inheritance just yet. Next time, stick to sandwiches.