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War Kitchen: 1917

War Kitchen: 1917

Washington, 1917. "U.S. Food Administration war kitchen." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

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That jar on the table

is an Atlas EZ Seal. I have one just like it that I inherited from my grandmother!

Not a Crock

The striped container on the left is a wooden salt box. We had a very similar one, without the stripes. The doughnut shaped top is exactly like the one we had, but ours was light green, and natural color wood. Unfortunately it doesn't show in any of the photos my brother posted of the Salmon Kitchen. It hung between the side of the sink cabinet and the stove. Next to the rack with the pot lids.

She's Just Lazy

The chick on the left is thinking "I should've worn my fancy clothes and then I could've gotten out of work too!"

The stripes on that crock make it look like a jar of Goober Jelly. Good stuff.

Save France, Save Wheat

Use of alternatives to wheat flour on the home front was strongly encouraged in the US during the war, so the wheat flour could be sent to France.

Potato bread

My guess is they are making potato bread. Was flour rationed in WW1?

Product Placement

Crisco shortening, Jack Frost sugar, Ball jars, Rumford baking powder, Karo syrup, Acorn stoves and Hoosier cabinets. Good work, ladies.

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