Thursday, June 17, 2010

Food Poster

One of my favorite pieces of art in our house is a poster from 1914. It's our FOOD poster. You've probably seen shots of it from our Kitchen Post but I think it deserves it's own post.

This poster was released during World War 1, sometime around 1914. It was created and distributed by the U.S Food Administration. It was believed that "Food would win the war, the country that conserved their resources the best would become the victor." Families were asked to substitute corn and other cereals for wheat as much as possible. Consume less meat and preserve sugars and fats by "employing careful utilization".
There was even a book written, for housewives "Foods that will win the war: and How to Cook Them".  When I bought the poster I just thought they were good rules to cook by, I had no idea of the political background this poster had.
But at the end of the day I still think that this poster has good Food Rules and keeping it in my kitchen, in clear view inspires me to make better choices.
1- Buy it with Thought.
2- Cook it with Care. 
3-Use less Wheat and Meat.
4-Buy Local Foods.
5- Serve just Enough.
6-Use whats Left.


  1. I love it. Where did you get it from?
    Also, WOW you are so organized, it's kinda scary! lol. You can even have glass cabinets and open shelves and keep things all in order.
    Where do you live? Vancouver or coquitlam?

  2. That's such a cool poster!! I havn't seen one before, love it!

  3. GREAT poster with a STILL very CURRENT concept! It's so wonderful that it's VINTAGE! FABULOUS FIND for sure!



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