Sweet things often inspire internal conflict in those confronted by them - delight and guilt. Dessert is, we have been led to believe, indulgent. In children’s books sweet things often come with a price - a dark underbelly - as if to instill in kids a lasting association of sugar with fear. Charlie’s experience at the Chocolate Factory, for example, is rife with distressing developments. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Edmund is taken under the spell of the evil Narnian ice queen after she offers him Turkish delights - a sugar-coated confection. When we are young, we are conditioned to think of sugary things as the ultimate vice - forbidden and delicious. If we’re lucky, some of us enter adulthood with a healthier relationship to sweet things - we can see them as an opportunity for unadulterated pleasure. The SVA Pictures Collection contains not one, not two, but three folders dedicated to the subject of desserts and sweets. That means there are HUNDREDS of images of everything from 1950s-era jello to Twin Peaks-esque cherry pie to diner-style banana splits to pudding to ice cream to lollipops to cake to cupcakes to bonbons to macaroons to everything you could ever want ever. Should you be in the mood for a bit of saccharine eye candy, or inspiration for a sweet-looking painting you’ll have come to the right place.
Better Homes & Gardens April 1971
June 1959
April 1970
Carnation milk advertisement
from How to Kill Yourself with Chocolate by Martina Lang & Valentine Ammeux
October 1962
February 1961

For More Desserts & Sweets, see this previous post.