Before Spry was discontinued in the late 1950's, it was not only a household product but also a household name. Developed and produced by Lever Brothers, it was promoted as "pure vegetable shortening" for frying and making cakes, pastry, biscuits, and pies.
In 1937, Lever Brothers introduced Spry as the sponsor of a radio program know as Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories. The show was developed primarily to compete with the already popular product Crisco. The 15-minute daily series became an instant hit with women everywhere, offering such topics of interest as cooking hints and recipes and stories about real-life people. (You can read more about Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories HERE.)Note: The product Crisco may be used interchangeably in any vintage recipe calling for the use Spry.