Why was food like this in the 1950s?

Why was food like this in the 1950s?

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is always what happens after a major war. Takes a few decades for shit to become sane and good again.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This was in the USA though

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, the USA participated in WWII and the war effort ruined american food for decades.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          How so?
          America prospered during WW2 and there was practically no suffering or hardship
          I don't think it's fair to say that WW2 was relevant to American culture besides how rich it made the country

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You really clearly don't have any understanding of history whatsoever. Are you too young to have taken a history class, or do schools not teach it anymore?

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I've studied WW2 extensively, it's my favourite historical subject to study
              Perhaps you just got a sanitised version of WW2 in your school classes? I wouldn't put too much faith in the material you were taught as a child

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                did you get a job with your history degree?

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Ouch

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            A giant packaged food industry had been created because of the war, and now that the military contracts were gone they had to advertise their slop to civilians instead

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              What you see in the OP is more indicative of how the lower classes of America responded to suddenly finding themselves richer and with more spare time

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Richer?

                That's why all these recipes were made from Spam and Jell-o, and all designed to stretch the food dollar to embarrassing extremes.

                These moms were kids during the depression. That mindset still survives with the silent generation.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Build an easy, low-cost point menu
                >richer
                My ass

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              > now that the military contracts were gone they had to advertise their slop to civilians instead
              Ohh so like what happened with meth

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >I don't think it's fair to say that WW2 was relevant to American culture besides how rich it made the country

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You weren't there. My dad is 90 and his mom had to build planes. They had to ration and reclaim steel for the war effort. People bought war bonds. The nation came together and tightened the collective belt for YEARS. Learn your history. We didn't make profits during the war.

            >no suffering or hardship

            Most ignorant shit I've seen here in a while.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >America prospered during WW2
            It prospered after WW2. Almost a decade after WW2.

            >practically no suffering or hardship
            Rationing to devote everything towards the war effort wasn't no hardship.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >1000s of food companies instead of just 4 megacorps
            >this means 1000s of companies competing for your attention and money
            >gotta try new crazy shit to get people to buy things

            >no suffering or hardship

            the government basically employed every company during the war and forced them to make wartime products which they sold/gave/loaned tothe allies. Which meant consumer goods reflected wartime products with war time rationing restrictions.

            post war, the american public was forced to consume recycled war materials for years. For example: I have abunch of post-war storage containers in my basement i got from my uncle.they are made out of alluminimum. specifically, the alluminium from ww2 fighterplanes that were brought back and torn apart for scrap. the scrap was then repurposed and sold to the consumer as new products.

            it wasnt until the 1950s when all this surplus was consumed and manufacturing reverted to a normal consumer economy.

            so americans didnt directly suffer the 'horrible' effects of total war, but their life style was dramatically changed by it.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          america hasn't been without war since ww2 moron
          the instant we left germany we were in korea then vietnam then guatemala the kuwait then serbia then iraq again then libya then syria then israel and now the philippines
          according to your moronic theory american food would still be trash to this day

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          What is the Great Depression?
          The only country that didn't suffer was pre-interwar Germany

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Takes a few decades for shit to become sane and good again.
      When do we become sane again?

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    everyone had lead poisoning and/or ptsd from the war
    what a time

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Literally it was just advertising, people had gotten their first television set and had no defense against what the television set told them to eat

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Post war fabrication techniques and advanced machining applications with preservation with things like refrigeration trucks and plastic containers made cheap and easy. It was just a time of exploration. Futurism and ease of life.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >>A giant packaged food industry had been created because of the war, and now that the military contracts were gone they had to advertise their slop to civilians instead

    This. Same reason they were building cars to only last a few years. They had scaled up industry for war purposes and needed to supply on a massive scale to keep their stock shares up and so they unleashed supply max on the American masses and later upon the world.

    As a man of a certain age with memories of food by my older family, the weird foodstuffs depicted in the ads was what was promoted and not necessarily consooomed. When I was a little kid in the middle 70's we routinely ate expensive, delicious virginia hams, fresh caught fish and shellfish, and chicken that was smaller but tasted chicken-y in a good way. There was almost no ethnic food though, pizza was exotic, no joke, and we didn't know what to do with padta, which wasn't called that, it was "eye-talian." Asian and Mexican food was unheard of.

    Basic food tasted better then but we ate much smaller amounts and didn't snack. We drank water out of the garden hose. It was better then. A lot better, except for the existence of boomers.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >We drank water out of the garden hose. It was better then.
      >MFW my dad talked about this and he grew up in Flint, Michigan

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm the old man above. I grew up in petoskey michigan. My water was glacial runoff and pure.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I see, you got the good shit in a poor state.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        garden hose adapters are made from brass, which contains lead. lead has a sweat taste, which is why children would eat paint chips and slurp from hoses. to this day, you can buy leaded glasses. They are designed for alchoholic consumption, it sweatens the drink very subtly and is considered safe to use. However, never store alchohol in leaded containers over a long period of time, because ovre time lead will leach into the drink in dangerous amounts.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          the children crave lead

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >boomers were widely hated in the mid 1970s.

      Hahahahaha!

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's supposed to imitatefrench haute cuisine which was very popular at the time in the US

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nobody in Petoskey, including my Quebecoise aunt, would have considered such substances food let alone "french haute cuisine." NFW. Jello was used for kid projects like playing medical doctor and performing surgeries without harming the neighborhood pets. We'd eat it afterwards, sure, mostly to be gross but it wasn't standard fare. But haute cuisine is a laugh or you are on drugs. We ate very well.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    War surplus slop, some of it frozen, and wonderbread. Economically okay until the late 50's recession while social repression bubbled. As a result, the 60's.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You know all the food companies that you b***h about downsizing food item portions, and substituting cellulose for a portion of the flour to inflate profits? This is how they started. They'd shove some goyslop in a box or can, and then release a bunch of propag.. er, I mean recipes for moronic housewives to feed to their little goblins. These advertis.. I mean pictures are the tiktok slop equivalent of their time.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      only man with IQ in the thread, 70 years from now morons will be posting old tokslop videos they found and saying DID OLD FOLKS REALLY??

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >supper supper meat abomination

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    50s food is basically modern British food

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Best 50s meal

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They had to be taking the piss

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What are they doing to that penis

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    People had access to lots of new technologies such as microwaves, super precise ovens, freezers, and processed food, and basically had no idea how to use it. The post war economy also meant people had more money than what was readily available ingredients wise, so people got really creative.

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They had much smaller portions

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    this wasnt what people ate back in the days, all of this recipes are just magazine recipes, its not very hard to imagine some publishing company back in the 50s having to publish a new magazine each month, just pumping new recipes just for the sake of putting out a new magazine
    even todays cooking magazines have weird recipes(go check them out if you dont believe me)

    saying that people back in the day ate this crap is like saying that people today eat whats in coking magazines

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Americans were in cahoots with the Germans and needed to produce a lot of shower gas, so they pushed the public to eat fart-inducing food. The farts were siphoned from suburban homes straight into a pipeline to Auschwitz. The B in Zycolon B stands for butt.

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Scoop the center out of a bologna loaf
    >Stuff with mashed peas mixed with gelatin
    >Garnish with mayonnaise

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    food recipes like that were made to use large amount of "product", buy "product" and make "recipe". aren't you a good mother.

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The same reason why you're a pedophile, because they can.

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Better Living With Science and Advertising
    People were enamored with new food technologies and companies pushed out poorly tested recipes in magazines and on the backs of food packages to help sell their products.
    >Lingering impact of Prohibition
    Prohibition actually killed off a lot of restaurants that had depended on alcohol sales for revenue. A lot of good cooking knowledge never got passed on.
    >Poor cooking pedagogy in general
    The bad cooking thing didn't start then, it's surprising but you can find examples of people bemoaning a lack of cooking skill going further back and it seems to be associated with urban areas. Old tenements often didn't have stoves/ovens due to fire concerns and diners/delis were accessible and inexpensive so a lot of people never got the opportunity to learn. The 'housewife eating bonbon's stereotype is from the 1920s, the article I read was funny, blamed her for doing nothing all day and just buying deli food lmao. Then these people get some money and spread out from cities and they have kitchens now and zero cooking skills.
    >Hired help was expensive now
    When income inequality is greater families that could afford it would hire cooks. So you have generations of women that never really developed strong cooking skills because they didn't have to but when the economics of hired help changed these women/their daughters had to actually start cooking for their families and they didn't have much in the way of skill.
    >Bad food photography
    Betty Crocker has produced several throwback cookbooks with old recipes and they look TONS better with modern food photography even though the recipes are the same.

    Not all 1950s food is bad, the desserts are pretty good.

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >this is what chud's want to retvrn to
    Grim. I'll take the HRT instead.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Essentially. Retvrning to 1950 is an insanely dismal prospect. Mankind had just invented being fricking glued to their tv, everyone took everything coming from the magic box as dead fact even worse than they do now, advertising psyops were running wild unchecked. Genuinely one of the worst times in documented history, but if you look at their specific complaint it is usually
      >back in the day an average wagie had a house, wife and 3 kids even just working at some grocery store
      from which we can identify that their real issue is that they didn't get a state mandated gf despite their awe-inspiring ability to hold down a job at walmart

  21. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gelatin was very expensive at the time and was seen as classy so people made moronic shit with it.

  22. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Same reason you get that tiktok trend of women making absolutely moronic slop, that reason being, boredom.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i hate the antichrist

  23. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As an American, a spam salad sounds really good. I would love to try that.

  24. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    white people

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