It’s Flashback Friday, when we feature a 1970s photo in honor of our current exhibit “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Project.” And it’s also National Donut Day!
What’s your favorite donut?
Image: Jim Tillman of Tillman’s Bakery in New Ulm, Minnesota, taken in October of 1974 (DOCUMERICA series, ARC 558360)
National Doughnut Day started in 1938 when it was created by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served doughnuts to the soldiers during World War I. Doughnuts were back on the front lines in World War II.
Elizabeth A. Richardson, the woman on the left in this photograph, is standing in front of her Clubmobile, a single-decker bus fitted with coffee and doughnut-making equipment that drove around the England, bringing cheer to the soldiers stationed there. “I consider myself fortunate to be in Clubmobile—can’t conceive of anything else,” she wrote to her parents in World War II.
But like many of the young men she served doughnuts to, Elizabeth did not return home. She was killed in plane crash in July 25, 1945, and is buried in the American Cemetery in Normandy. You can read more about her story in this Prologue magazine article: http://go.usa.gov/d4k
[Image: Liz Richardson (left) and Mary Haynsworth with smiling GIs in front of their Clubmobile in Normandy. Liz sent the snapshot to her parents on June 4, 1945, noting that the “blur” in her left hand “is a doughnut. And it’s just as well that it wasn’t photogenic.” (Courtesy of James H. Madison)]
Happy National Doughnut Day!
Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor women who handed out the yummy treats to soldiers during World War I and is celebrated on the first Friday of June.
Patent Drawing for G. W. Baier’s Cake or Doughnut Cutter, 09/13/1904
Some of you might wonder - didn’t we already post something for Doughnut Day back in November? Yes we did — on further research, it appears November 5 is “Doughnut Appreciation Day” — but who can argue with 2 days to celebrate doughnuts?
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.”
It’s National Coffee Day!
How do you take your coffee?