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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Chop Shop: 1917

Chop Shop: 1917

New York circa 1917. "Gladys Kierstead -- Pratt Institute cooking class." Immediately followed by finger inventory. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Gladys Kierstead

Found this one really interesting. Gladys was born Oct 10, 1893 to Jared and Amy (Hayes) Kierstead in Essex NJ. In Nov 1919 she applies for a passport, granted in December to travel to Chili to be married. Her application notes her profession as "Cooking Teacher". She departs New York, New Years Eve 1919 aboard the Santa Ana.

[This was apparently the trip during which she learned how to make salsa. - tterrace]

One Tourniquet Coming Up!

Looks like a nurse standing by for when that fellow cleaves his hand off.

Not Too Appetizing

Hygiene?? I don't think so :)

Yummmmm

REAL bacon!

Now remember my dear,

in just a few years you too can be a famous Movie Star.

Cook it well or else.

I cannot imagine eating anything prepared in such a filthy environment. Everything looks grime covered. No wonder diarrhea and other food born diseases were such a major killer back then.

 
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