Day 20: Visit of the British Royals
“I think it would be an excellent thing for Anglo-American relations if you could visit the United States.”
-Franklin Roosevelt to King George VI, September 17, 1938
With war looming, FDR searched for ways to bolster ties with democratic nations opposing Hitler. When he invited England’s King George VI for a state visit in June 1939, the message was clear. No reigning British monarch had ever visited America. The invitation signaled a new era in Anglo-American cooperation.
FDR and ER planned every detail to ensure the King won sympathy and support. Their efforts paid off. The public heartily welcomed the King and Queen in Washington. The royals visited Mount Vernon, where the King laid a wreath at George Washington’s grave. Later, they accompanied the Roosevelts to Hyde Park, where they enjoyed simple American pleasures, including a hot dog picnic. FDR and King George developed a real rapport. More important, press coverage of the royal visit fostered public sympathy with Britain.
During the British Royal visit of June 1939, King George VI president FDR with this House of Windsor gold inkwell, made by Garrard & Co. Ltd. of London.
You can read more about the 1939 Royal Visit here on our website.
#DDAY70 D-Day -1:
"Luncheon is Served in the English Channel -
Come and get it boys, while the getting’s good. Crossing the English Channel aboard a Coast Guard “Elsie” (or LCI), American soldiers catch their K rations and celery soup from the top of a 20mm ready box. Ahead lies the coast of France, but for the moment chow is the important thing. You can’t fight on a hollow stomach.”
Photograph of American Soldiers Crossing the English Channel aboard a Coast Guard “Elsie” (LCI). Local Identifier: 26-G-2403. From the series: Activities, Facilities, and Personalities, 1886 - 1967. Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1785 - 2005
On the Menu: Suprême of Royal Squab
Chefs in the White House kitchen begin preparing the squab that will be the main course at the state dinner for Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Great Britain.
One of the first steps in planning what to serve at a state dinner involved contacting the State Department to inquire about dietary restrictions and likes or dislikes of the visiting guests. In this case, they were informed Prime Minister Wilson didn’t like oysters.
White House executive chef Henry Haller would prepare sample menus that were sent to the First Lady’s staff. Mrs. Ford approved this menu on January 23, a week before the actual dinner.
Make some “Lookout Cookies” for National Cookie Day!
Lookout Cookbook, 1966
From the Records of the Forest Service
These cookbooks were prepared by staff at Forest Service Region 1 headquarters and contain recipes that were able to be prepared by fire lookouts for one or two people using the supplies provided.
Making any special cookies this holiday season?
Thanksgiving Menu Planning, From Soup to Nuts
In 1948 the Trumans dined on a traditional Thanksgiving menu that included consomme and Hollandaise sauce and was followed by a club sandwich with buttermilk later in the evening as supper.
White House Menu, 11/25/1948
While this may seem rather modest for a presidential Thanksgiving dinner, note that the President was responsible for his own food - all of this came out of the Trumans’ pocket. They did not have a large personal fortune to fall back on, so Mrs. Truman always went over the budget, food included, with a fine-tooth comb. President Truman had to have a fairly low-calorie diet, Mrs. Truman was on a restricted-salt diet because of her high blood pressure, and Mrs. Wallace (Bess Truman’s mother) was rather frail and couldn’t eat anything too exotic.
(Special thanks to our colleagues at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum!)
So here’s a new question - we were wondering if you have your menu set for tomorrow and what’s the first course?
Mission: Turkey! Thanksgiving Dinner and the U.S. Military
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? If it’s your turn to cook, no doubt the next few days will be stressful. But imagine trying to cook Thanksgiving dinner for an entire ship or regiment, or being a mess sergeant tasked with cooking and bringing the meal to troops in the field. Do you know how you’re cooking your turkey yet? According to a Navy chef in 1956, the best way to roast your turkey is upside down.
Learn more about the mission of providing Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. military, using examples from 111-DD, Filmed News Releases of the Department of Defense, recently digitized by our Motion Picture Preservation Lab and now on the U.S. National Archives’ YouTube Channel!
What’s your special turkey technique?
Happy Halloween & Safe Trick-or-Treating!
The FDA created a simple display in 1933 to illustrate problems with the current food and drug laws. The exhibit generated a buzz in the media. These photos from the show demonstrate the way that consumers could be fooled or endangered by certain products.
For #BannedBooksWeek and author Upton Sinclair’s 135th birthday (belated!), born September 20, 1878.
In honor of Banned Books Week, here’s a letter to President Theodore Roosevelt from Upton Sinclair, whose novel “The Jungle” has been banned in banned in Yugoslavia, East Germany, South Korea, and Boston.
In this letter, Sinclair wrote to President Roosevelt, supported the presence of federal inspectors in the meat-packing houses.
He advised that inspectors should come disguised as workingmen to discover the true conditions, as Sinclair did when he researched his book “The Jungle.”
(PS: Best to avoid reading this at mealtimes.)
Published by the authority of the Secretary of War, this 1879 manual for Army cooks resulted from the work of the Board on Army Cooking convened “with a view of improving Army cooking generally.” The manual provides recipes in narrative form, along with methods to clean utensils, suggested menus (how about some beef stew for breakfast?) as well as measurement conversions.
Browse through the entire manual and maybe you’ll find a recipe for dinner tonight. (3 types of hash! How to choose?)
Manual for Army Cooks, 09/19/1879
From the series: Government Publications, 1861 - 1992
So - what’s for dinner?
This lunch was the last meal that Richard Nixon ate as President at the White House. Photographer Oliver Atkins made a point of documenting the preparation of the lunch.
Later that day—August 8, 1974—President Nixon announced he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
You can learn more about President Nixon and his domestic policies in this Prologue magazine article: http://go.usa.gov/jUKG
Image from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
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)
HAMBURGER STAND OFFERS CUSTOMERS A QUICK BITE WHILE WAITING FOR THEIR SUBWAY TRAIN ON THE 42ND STREET STATION OPERATED BY THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY… 07/1974
Hop off at your local subway hamburger stand for National Hamburger Day!