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Old 05-24-2020, 03:24 PM
 
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Lots of fried foods cooked in lard or bacon grease, fatty cuts of beef and hamburger, hot dogs, cold cuts, cheese, milk, eggs, bacon, sausage, bread, pasta, beans, chicken, pork, fish, string beans, peas, carrots, onions, squash, soup, cake, ice cream, chocolate. The majority smoked cigarettes. Alcohol was a way to socialize or warm up or get through the work day, or relax afterward.
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Old 05-24-2020, 03:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Whatever they ate it was rationed due to the war for several years.
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Old 05-24-2020, 04:29 PM
 
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A lot of people are baking bread there days
Compared to recent years they are.

Compared to the 1940s, when 80%+ baked bread at home, hardly.
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:29 PM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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A lot of people are baking bread there days
With substandard ingredients I am sure. GMO and whatever else they can mess with.
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Old 05-25-2020, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Whatever they ate it was rationed due to the war for several years.
Actually there wasn't all that many foods that were rationed. Yes, there were some and we all had to do some adjusting. That is one reason so many had Victory gardens, but not all foods were rationed that is for sure.
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Such an interesting topic post. I love looking at old pictures from that time. My parents were born in the mid 50s .. the women were more glamorous... Not related to food, but did women really wear dresses daily even for house work?
My mother owned pants after the war, but my grandmothers never wore pants or shorts in their whole lives.

Most women wore “house dresses”, not stockings and heels like June Cleaver or Donna Reed.
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:50 AM
 
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My mother owned pants after the war, but my grandmothers never wore pants or shorts in their whole lives.

Most women wore “house dresses”, not stockings and heels like June Cleaver or Donna Reed.
My grandmother (b. 1896) wore "slacks" when she got older and very long shorts or maybe they would be called capris, when she lived in Laguna Beach in the 1960s. They always had side closures or an elastic waist. She stated once that only men wore pants or shorts with a fly.

Photos of my mom (b. 1926) from the 1940s and 50s show her wearing both pants and dresses. I rarely recall her wearing dresses around around the house, only for church and when she was going out for dinner or an event, but my memories only start in the 1970s.
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Old 05-25-2020, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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My mother owned pants after the war, but my grandmothers never wore pants or shorts in their whole lives.

Most women wore “house dresses”, not stockings and heels like June Cleaver or Donna Reed.
Around here they were also sometimes called "binkies". Even in the 1990s you could still see old timey country women at the Giant Food on weekends wearing their binkies and orthopedic shoes with white ankle socks waiting for their grizzled hubbies to fetch them and their groceries in their pickup trucks. I kind of miss that sight now; all of those former rural areas are now sprawling housing developments.
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Old 05-25-2020, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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As for cinnamon toast-yum! We used to just make toast and spread it with "butter" and then sprinkle it with cinnamon-sugar, but later I learned that you can bake it or broil it in the oven and it comes out really scrumptious. (I'm talking about ONE slice of toast. Probably today, people need around FIVE slices of toast, lol.)
Yes! Baking it is so much better. As a kid I would make, spread butter, and then the cinnamon sugar. I didn't have this magical baked version until adulthood. So much better. The super next level variation I had was a ta cafe known for toast. Cinnamon toast with peanut butter on top. That s super delicious! Now I make it with cultured butter and fancy sliced bread. It really doesn't take very much sugar on this, likely way less that your average breakfast cereal or cup of yogurt.
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Old 05-25-2020, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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My mother owned pants after the war, but my grandmothers never wore pants or shorts in their whole lives.

Most women wore “house dresses”, not stockings and heels like June Cleaver or Donna Reed.
My grandma (born 1919) wore house dresses all the time, that is basically all I remember her in. My mom (born 1948) wore them to most of them time (at home) until let's say the last 15 years or so. She was very much very old school and old fashioned. We weren't allowed to wear pants to church. She only changed her mind in the last 10 years. Hilary Clinton's pantsuits helped. She was fine with pants, but not on formal occasions.

Now when my mom is lounging at home she is more apt to wear lounge pants and pj pants with her house coasts vs the house dresses. But this is newer behavior that started in retirement for her.

I think house dresses are making a comeback right now though. I saw an article about some "luxury" ones and I think they were called nap dresses and cost $300.
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