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Get Milk: 1922

Get Milk: 1922

September 6, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Miss Elizabeth U. Hoffman." Last spied here four years ago, Miss H. is still stuck in this institutional-looking kitchen. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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There sits Miss Hoffman, blissfully unaware of the GIGANTIC thumbprints all over her wall!


This lady is wearing a 'Hair-Net'. Wouldn't want any stray hairs to disrupt a gourmet experiment. Or perhaps, Hair-Nets were very popular at the time. One previous Shorpy photo showed a drug store with a big sale on hair nets - nets actually made of human hair!

Faking It

I don't believe she is really cooking anything, just posing for the photo. Reason? No apron. At that time, no one cooked without an apron, particularly in a "dress" outfit such as hers. The labor involved with laundry was a primary reason, didn't want to get your clothes dirty before you had to.

It terrifies me just to look at that pressure cooker. No real safety measures on them in those days. I had an aunt who was almost killed by one and bore the scars to prove it. Not unusual occurance from those beasts.

[No question that it's posed. The process of setting up the camera and lights and exposing a large glass plate didn't lend itself to candid photography. - tterrace]


CCl4? Are you sure?
All the carbon-tet extinguishers I recall from the 50's-early 60's were the Bunn coffee carafe-style bottles meant to be thrown at the fire and shattered. This looks more like a pressurized dry powder model.


Sensible shoes

Just the thing for the laboratory.

She'll be brewing up a batch

Looks like broken-up pieces of (stale?) bread in the bowl, to which she'll be adding that milk and whatever else she'll need to make one of her legendary Betsy You Bread Puddings.

In case of fire

Take a deep breath, and use the carbon tetrachloride fire extinguisher. It's effective, but poisonous.

The Clock.

Either it's stopped or the Photographer is quick, it shows the same time in both pictures, 11:37 a.m.
23 minutes till Lunch.

Letting the bread sleep in?

What is that over the sink, a bread box with a window shade?

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