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Here's the Beef: 1941

Here's the Beef: 1941

July 1941. "The beef cut. Packing plant in Austin, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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With the passing of the Lend-Lease Act of 1941, Hormel Foods shipped up to 15 million cans of meat per week overseas, most of which were products from the iconic SPAM brand. By 1944, more than 90 percent of the canned foods were shipped for government use.

Not counting sheep tonight

Suggestion: don't follow Dave's link to the LoC's Hormel plant collection right before bed.

Beef in miniature

Those are the tiniest cows I've ever seen.

[Veal calves. - Dave]

Where's the beef?

Isn't this the Hormel pork plant in Austin?

[It's the Hormel meat-packing plant. - Dave]

Non-vegan

Gazing hungrily at that hunk of rib on the shelf puts me in mind of the 1748 Hogarth painting "O the Roast Beef of Old England", a detail of which is provided below.

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