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Break an Egg: 1941

Break an Egg: 1941

July 1941. "Breaking eggs in egg breaking plant. Chicago, Illinois." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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"How many you want, and how d'you want them?"

The best egg crackers I ever saw were Army cooks fixing breakfast for the troops in the mess hall. They cracked one-handed, one after another, right into the frying pan, never leaving a trace of eggshell. The other hand wielded the spatula.

I just have to ask --

Doesn't this ruin the eggs?

More eggs coming!

I would guess that most of those eggs ended up as the infamous dried egg powder that went to the UK and into military rations.

I don't really see your friendly self-respecting neigbourhood baker and confectioner or diner using those eggs. Not back then. TV dinners were yet to come, too.

But whoa, did that industry take really off wiith egg-cracking machines.

Fast forward to 2020 - handling food items, and raw eggs at that, not just with bare hands, but with rings on the fingers. And, the absolute no-no these days, a band-aid!

They must have had sturdier stomachs in 1941.

Egg-breaking Plant?

Until today, I had never heard of such an operation. Now, I have my rabbit hole for the day: learn more about egg-breaking industry. Where do the eggs come from? Do they only break the already-broken ones? What do they do with the eggs they break?

Mass unemployment coming!

When they automate egg breaking, we’re all going to lose our jobs.


To very badly paraphrase

How many eggs could an egg breaker break
If an egg breaker could break lots?

Not as good as Oyster Shucker, but it is all I could think of.

This job

Ain’t what it’s cracked up to be!

Broken eggs

I see an egg that’s already broken, in the front channel, straight in line with the ring finger of the woman on the left. Woman on the right: love her hair! Woman in the background: not loving her so much.

To Make an Omelet,

you have to break a few--well, you know.
It looks like this is where Lucy and Ethel worked before applying at that candy factory!

Lucy and Ethel

Someone had to say it.

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