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A Bird in the Pan: 1943

A Bird in the Pan: 1943

January 1943. "Chicago, Illinois. In the kitchen of one of the Fred Harvey restaurants at Union Station." A tray of turkeys, a hill of beans, and thou. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Aluminium, I believe

Either way, I'd guess those pans are the survivors of a larger "stash", much of which made trips over Berlin and Tokyo. Look how battered a lot of them are, and the insides as well. They've been well used and well loved.

I would bet those cooks knew their business--they had to compete both with the excellent cooks on dining cars, and also the excellent restaurants train passengers knew were in the Loop.

Sad to say, Union Station is all fast food now. It's still a beautiful building--my wife and I have gone there a few times, including on our honeymoon--but it's a shell of what it used to be.

Thought bubbles

They're fashioned out of copper.

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