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Stirring the Pot: 1917

Stirring the Pot: 1917

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1917. "Camp cooks." Now where'd we leave that salt shaker? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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What location?

Is it possible to ID the camp based on the building? Fort Myer or the War College, perhaps? Both of them still use old structures.

Buried Stoves

These stoves seem to be buried in the ground in trenches to retain the heat and cook more efficiently outdoors. The men must be preparing beans or readying water for a huge pot of potatoes. I see no spuds in the image but I do see evidence that they've peeled them and wiped their hands all over their aprons. At the turn of the century it didn't take much to be called a cook. At least the pots look cleaner than the cooks' hands and arms.

No one will notice the difference

with this dipper full of gravel.


I'm getting hungry just watching them! It has to be beans or potatos. Where's the smoke?

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