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The Silence: 1923

The Silence: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mutton in cold storage." Hangin and chillin, yo. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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A matter of Taste

I respectfully disagree with Solo!

I've loved lamb since I first tasted it, and mutton is
actually even less gamey, in my opinion.

You'll surely change your mind if you ever have the chance to try the BBQ mutton at Moonlight BBQ in Owensboro, KY.



Lamb is an acquired taste for some. Mutton is for most a taste acquired only through dire necessity.

Reminds me of

my British neighbor's choice of words to succinctly describe older women who dress like teenagers, namely "mutton dressed like lamb."

Yeah, Silence of the Lambs

Cute photo title. In case there some dense folks out there. But then ...


Dave, this caption made my Friday morning.

Yes, that's sawdust on the floor

I remember seeing it being used up until the end of the 50s and even very early 60s.

In an episode of "Naked City", aired on 12-12-62 ("King Stanislaus and the Knights of the Round Stable"), there is a scene in which actors Jack Klugman and John Larch are having a fistfight in a meatpacking plant (very similar in appearance to the image above) that has a sawdust-covered floor.

I'm guessing that at some point not long after, the sawdust was regulated out of existence.

Sand on the floor?

That, and the exposed timber framing, are things that would not fly today. Now we have epoxy-coated concrete and steel, which can be hosed down repeatedly with bleach. I don't doubt that it was well-refrigerated, and it must represent a giant leap forward from the practices of a generation earlier. Also, it's making me hungry.

[More likely sawdust, because of its absorbency. -tterrace]

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