Dr. X’s vintage photos has one up that is dumfounding on many levels. Of great interest (at least to me) is the photo itself, which illustrates the mail-order country ham business of Mrs. Mark Bristol, whose customers (circa 1937) included the Duke of Windsor. The post describes how her hams were prepared:
It takes Mrs. Bristol four days to prepare a ham according to her specially formulate recipe. It is first soaked and simmered for days and then while baking, it is sprinkled with cloves, pineapple and basted with sherry, brandy or applejack. The hams are originally obtained from a special farm in Virginia where they have been smoked in the real Dixie manner
The first notable thing is the picture itself– with Mrs. Bristol watching while “her assistant” is doing the work. From the cooking description, I’m guessing that describes how those famous hams were prepared.
The whole post is worth reading.