Monday, September 10, 2012

"Beans Are Bullets": vintage wartime food posters and patriotism

An online exhibit created and annotated by Cory Bernat, "Beans Are Bullets" fascinates from a design and propaganda viewpoint as it surveys government posters on wartime rationing and food production. Below are some highlights, from the Special Collections at the National Agricultural Library. Some of the ideas (like preserving food at home) seem increasingly apropos today.

mmmm ... delicioso!

 Who has tried canning or preserving??


  1. Just read in the Sunday Daily News: "Victoria Justice faces typical teen problems like not enough closet space."
    Also, a biker complains he can't go fast enough in the city: "You don't buy a Cannondale SuperSix EVO to crawl along Amsterdam Avenue."
    Then I see the poster to get farm women running water indoors.
    Thank you for reminding me of what really matters.

    1. I know; think about all the people in the world who don't have clean water.

  2. The current motto of the canning and pickling activists: "The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved." (Also the title of a good book on the benefits of canning)

    ...just for a modern perspective.

    Now, I think government would encourage purchasing food/anything more often, just from local(ish) businesses. Help the economy, buy everything! But also, produce less waste!

  3. I would consider myself a pickling enthusiast although I never have tried it myself, my parents are all about it, I grew up on a diet of picked eggs, beets, pickles, onions, etc...