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Dixie Chicken: 1941

Dixie Chicken: 1941

August 1941. "Feast of Farm Security Administration 'Food for Defense' chickens for the Craig Field flying cadets' Sunday dinner. Southeastern Air Training Center, Selma, Alabama." Medium format negative by John Collier. View full size.

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Presentation counts

One must show off the best and most attractive pieces, add a bit of appetizing garnish and serve it on a beautiful platter with pretty accessories. After all, the Miss America contestants don't just roll out of bed and show up in hair rollers, sweats and fuzzy slippers, do they?

Mmmmm Good

Clearly, many of the people posting here only know fried chicken from KFC... This pan of fried bird looks delish.

Golden brown

Chicken just doesn't look as yummy in black and white


Has a less appetizing photograph ever been taken of a purported foodstuff?

Darn it,

Don't you just hate it when the second batch comes out darker that the first?!

According to my Aunt Mabel

It ain't Authentic Fried Chicken unless it's fried in lard. (And she lived to be about 95.)


This chicken looks positively scrawny compared to today's mutant beasts.

This Just In

Contrary to popular belief, the Colonel did not invent fried chicken in the South. My Great-Aunt Ruby did, along with fried okra. So there.

This is the chicken

This is the chicken they're referring to when people say that something "tastes like chicken" whether it's possum, rattlesnake or whatever.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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