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Culinary Arts: 1922

Culinary Arts: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Social Hygiene exhibit. House of Detention -- Women's Bureau. All dishes are sterilized in order to guard against infection." Nameplate on the equipment: FEARLESS DISHWASHER. National Photo. View full size.


She has cut up

one of the mops at lower left.

What the?

What the heck is that lady dealing with at the table? I don't recognize that at all.

Yes, Fearless

I was ready to chime in with "Certainly that's a Peerless Dishwasher" but No, a quick Google shows the Fearless Dishwasher Co. was in Rochester N.Y.

Can anyone tell

What is the woman preparing? Looks like pencil shavings. Yum.

I'm not a cook

What is it that the seated lady is making?

I think that actually

This is the test kitchen for school cafeterias everywhere. At least the ones from my childhood. Salisbury steak, anyone? Skinned-over banana pudding?

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