Law and Food: The History of Boneless Breakfast Bacon

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Really, would you want your bacon any other way?

The image at right is a bacon label from the year 1909, currently held by the National Archives (I kid you not; see here) and on display in connection with the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit.  The exhibit “explores the Government’s effect on the American diet.”  I haven’t visited yet, but am thinking that this might make a good side trip during the Faculty Recruitment Conference.  Imagine the interview questions that could be generated by an intrepid visitor:

Unearth the stories and personalities behind the increasingly complex programs and legislation that affect what Americans eat. Learn about Government’s extraordinary efforts, successes, and failures to change our eating habits. From Revolutionary War rations to Cold War cultural exchanges, discover the multiple ways that food has occupied the hearts and minds of Americans and their Government. There are over 100 original records in the exhibit—including folk songs, war posters, educational films, and even seed packets. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs through January 3, 2012, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

See the full exhibit description here.

The law of food.  Keepin’ bacon boneless since 1909.  Cool!

-Bridget Crawford


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