Bon Appetit!

I played hookey with Quinn and her mother-in-law on Saturday and we went to see Julie and Julia. I loved the movie — now want to read Julia Child’s memoirs — especially the love story between Julia and Paul and her struggles to get her book published (a too familiar story).

BUT I was completely thrown out of the movie in the very last scene. It’s a triumphant moment, in the famous kitchen, when Julia holds the first copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in her hands. Here’s what stopped me:

the book came in a bubble-wrap envelope.

I don’t think they had bubble-wrap envelopes in 1961, do you?

My intrepid son-in-law learned that bubble wrap invented in 1957 (if I’m remembering correctly) but were there bubble-wrap envelopes then? One of my college jobs (early to mid 70s) was mailing manuscripts for my poet boss and I don’t ever remember using bubble wrap envelopes.

Are there any packaging experts out there who can shed light on the history of bubble wrap pouches for me so I can stop fretting about this and instead fret about finishing my WIP by September 1?

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  1. jeannineatkins

    I loved this movie too (and just blogged about it this morning on live journal) but now I’m fretting, too. Your eyes must be sharper than mine. I thought it was one of those puffy envelopes with gray fluff that floats out.

    Good luck with your WIP. Jeannine Atkins

  2. Kirby Larson

    Martha, even if she weren’t a spy, she was the coolest woman ever. I have been channeling my inner Julia all day — for lunch, I followed her instructions for making an omelette (one tablespoon of beurre — oh, la la!) and checked Alibris for first editions of her book ($850– not so yum).

    We should make such a thumbprint on the cookie of history.