No mercy for bad eggs:
The Bureau of Chemistry inspectors approached their work as detectives on a mission to protect consumers. This photo shows inspectors burning crates of contaminated frozen eggs. Item from the Records of the Food and Drug Administration, 1877 - 2002.
See this photograph in the exhibit What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? at the National Archives. The exhibit closes on January 3rd.
Some lighter fare for December 7 - it’s National Cotton Candy Day!
Frugal FridayBoys! Raise Pigs To Help Win The War. Girls! 40,000 Boys and Girls are Raising Pigs. You Can Do It Too. 200,000 Members Wanted in 1918. Join a Pig Club! Don’t Delay! Join Today…”, ca. 1917 – ca. 1919.
Item from the Records of the U.S Food Administration, 1917 - 1920.
Here’s hoping you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving in a more comfortable setting:
American workers give up holiday to speed Victory. The Blackwelder family celebrated Thanksgiving at their benches in a Glenn Martin Company plant., 11/1942.
Item from Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Public Domain Photographs, 1882 - 1962.
Today is National Donuts Day!
Vitamin Donuts Poster, ca. 1942
Around 1940, the result of 2 small studies set off a panic. A handful of subjects deprived of Vitamin B1 (thiamine) became sluggish and apathetic. One experiment concluded that thiamine deficiency was causing Americans to lack energy and motivation—conditions a country mobilizing for war could not afford. Consequently, the government endorsed products enriched with thiamine. After many letters, it was determined that these doughnuts could be called “enriched flour doughnuts” but not “enriched doughnuts” or “vitamin doughnuts.”
With a stack rivaling even the biggest Dagwood sandwich, it looks like this Navy crewman should be all set for the last few hours of National Sandwich Day.
Crewmen loaded down with sandwiches on board USS Monterey (CVL-26); D-day on Saipan. 06/1944.
What’s Cooking Wednesday: What’s That Smell?
Smells are everywhere. Realtors bake cookies and make coffee to help sell houses. Proud owners of new cars draw in deep breaths of “new car smell.” But did you ever smell an exhibit in a museum?
Visitors to “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” might notice something different about this exhibit. Or at least, their noses might notice. Go and smell it for yourself! The exhibit closes on January 3, 2011, and the smell will be only an olfactory memory.
Have a favorite food smell of your own? Answer below - but be sure to hop over to the Prologue Blog with your answer for a chance to win a copy of Eating with Uncle Sam from the Foundation for the National Archives!
What’s your favorite food smell?