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The Joy of Canning: 1917

The Joy of Canning: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Agriculture, Department of." Two young people wearing 4-H patches. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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There is some odd plumbing here. First there is what looks like early explosion proof electrical switches over the stove. Then there is the black gate valve being used to tie off a cord. It’s on the right side of the stove for gas, but I have never seen a gate valve use in gas service. On the other side of the room there seems to be a cock or ball valve peeking out behind the water heater. Perhaps this is for steam used to heat the water?

Speaking of canning

What a hot tomato!

More like surgery than canning

Takes all the fun out of it. I can vegetables and fruit every summer, while the radio's on (preferably to Garrison Keillor), the dogs are outside barking and the cats are sleeping in the sun.

I forgot to ask my mother

Why did they call it canning and not jarring?

A is for apple

Here's most of the sketch on YouTube:

Can it core a apple?

This immediately reminded me of Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton's "Chef of the Future" commercial on The Honeymooners.

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