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Canteen: 1918

Canteen: 1918

Washington circa 1918. "U.S. Food Administration." Dining room in the new Food Administration headquarters. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Doesn't seem right.

Sheetrock c. 1918?

[Wallboard was first marketed in 1916 by the United States Gypsum Company. - Dave]

This Old House

Looks like early drywall construction. No lath and plaster here--too expensive?

[Too slow. The Food Administration headquarters was a giant building put up in just a few months to aid in the war effort. - Dave]

Needs Paint

Looks like it wasn't quite finished when this picture was snapped. The trim is unfinished, the door on the left is unshellacked, unvarnished. Is that drywall nailed on the walls and columns? Perhaps ready to be overlaid with subway tile... In any event, the definition of the grain of the Southern Yellow Pine beadboard used on the counters is startling. It probably got painted white, as that was the custom in sanitary areas such as kitchens.

Ice water in the pitchers.

Ice water in the pitchers. What a luxury then. I can't figure out the design on the pitchers--men in Chinese robes?

[I see a ducky and a horsy. - Dave]

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