Talullah Bankhead’s Coconut Jumbles

TALULLAH BANKHEAD
“They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze.
They should photograph me through linoleum.”
So hard to choose a quote for Talullah – there are so many fabulous ones! What exactly is she doing in this picture I’d like to know? The person who comes up with the best guess will win a batch of her Coconut Jumbles. I’m going to have to have a few more goes as the mixture was far too runny to do as Talu suggested and: “Cut into fancy shapes with a jumble cutter.”

I actually BOUGHT some jumble cutters after much internet research and trawling of ebay. In the thirties jumbles were apparently doughnut shaped biscuits and they made special cookie cutters that cut a ring shape. I never owned a biscuit cutter before and now I have six original 1930s ones. 2 jumbles ring cutters, 2 heart shapes and 2 star shapes, courtesy of someone who stole them from her sorority house. What kind of bizarre world am I beginning to inhabit? Spending an evening dyeing little piles of coconut pink, yellow and green doesn’t seem in the least bit strange these days…

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