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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

In the 1950s and 60s, there were three basic food groups: pork, chicken and beef.  Vegetable matter could be used for garnish.  Food recipes and ads from this period featured brilliant close ups of glistening mounds of meat, striated with fat ("lean" really was a four letter word back then) and dripping with gravy.  Food stylists were basically nonexistent back then, so what you got was nice full color mug shots of meat, no airbrushing, no Photoshop, no camera trickery.... just slabs of real meat in your face.

This post is a vegan's worst nightmare.  If you prefer a tofu pita wrap over a giant mound of shoulder meat wallowing in its own pan juices, you may want to skip this post.  For those of you (like me), who are akin to Fred Flintstone clicking his heels over his Brontosaurus ribs, then read on my brother!

Wow. Even the skillet handle looks like gristle. The egg in the middle is a nice touch, don't you think? I can literally feel my arteries tremble at the sight of this dish.

"No bone to wrestle!"
This actually looks damn good.
A hot dog wreath. Nice.
Note the slices of cheese between each section of the loaf. Brilliant.
As I said, food stylist didn't exist back then.  No attempt to pretty it up. ... this is meat without makeup.

I'm sad to see an actual vegetable intended for consumption not garnish. 
I encourage you to click on all these images to view them up close.... except this one.
I'm not sure what to make of this strange cheese perched atop these dried shriveled balls of beef. Intriguing.
I stand corrected. Vegetables should not only be used as garnish - you can also use them as meat containers.
You just don't see ads with actual rotting meat in them anymore. Shame.
Greatest invention since the printing press: meat in a can.
Hitler's favorite breakfast treat!
"Out go tough stringy ends!"

Woah. Easy on the cheese there big fella.

Only in the 60s would you have a hot dog wrapped in bacon... in a cracker ad. 
Bacon goes great with Scotch and Marlboros... your husband will love it!
Spam could levitate in the 60s. 


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