Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Good Old Days

Saw a link to this on my favorite mom site. The article and photo are from the 1950s and show a year's worth of food for a family of four. The family spent about 25% of their income on food and the grocery list includes only corn flakes, margarine and shortening as "processed" foods.

Note the absence of soda, chips, frozen entrees, packaged crackers or cookies, or pre-made meal items. Note the enormous mound of produce.

Ah, the good old days. Not perfect, but a damn sight better than the average American diet in 2008.


foodperson said...

You might want to check out these contemporary photos of same from around the world. Very interesting: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519_1373664,00.html

foodperson said...

Not sure if that will be usable or not. If not, Google week of food photos and go to the Time magazine link, the second result.

Adam R. Paul said...

The book, "Hungry Planet," from which the Time photos are taken, is excellent, with many such photos, and a number of thoughtful essays. I highly recommend it.