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Top Chefs: 1914

Top Chefs: 1914

Circa 1914. "U.S. Army camp kitchen." National Photo Co. View full size.



Potatoes, beans (brown & green), bread, meat, some dried or preserved fruit...what's not to like?

Rakish chapeaux

Even though everyone here seems to have the same kind of hat, there is a wide variety in how they are worn. Some keep the brim flat, while others bend them like a cowboy hat or even a vaguely fedora-like bend, as on the guy standing on the left. The jaunty tilt on the head seems popular all around.

Blazing Griddles

With the amount of beans they probably served, how convenient to have an open-air kitchen.

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