School Luncheons 1905
Looking back in time can be both fun and fascinating! I’ve been doing a lot of that lately going through recipe booklets and cookbooks from my grandmother’s vast collection.
Being a personal passion, I couldn’t just allow these books to sit and get older and more yellowed without trying to digitize them, a project I’ve been and will continue to work on.
With that said, today I’m introducing “School Luncheons Cookbook Vintage 1905 by Armour and Company”.
A Peak Inside
The School Luncheons Problem
Excerpt from page 3…
“The school luncheon is a problem, and only the house mother can solve it by giving the subject careful attention daily.”
“Proper food must be supplied the growing boys and girls, or they will become stunted, not only physically, but mentally.”
“If it is possible a child should come home for the noonday meal. A bowl of hot broth should be in readiness, with a plate of crackers or toast, a baked apple with cream and some cookies. This makes a wholesome and satisfying lunch. The child will go back to school refreshed by the brisk walk.”
The Week-About System
Excerpt from page 6…
“If several children eat together, the luncheon may be packed in a hamper basket. It is quite an idea for one mother to prepare luncheons for one week for a neighbor’s children besides her own. This week-about system relieves the mother and gives the children variety.”
“Folding drinking cups or small tumblers should be given each child; the water question is just as important as food. It is far safer to have a small flask of pure water in the luncheon box than to allow promiscuous drinking from tin cups provided in the schools and the use of city water, unless one is absolutely sure that the water supply is pure.”
Motherly Love Notes
Excerpt from page 9…
“One mother used to occassionally put a little note like this in the luncheon box:”
“My Dear M—-:”
“Mother knows the lessons are unusually hard today, but do your best and when you come home there will be a surprise for you. Lovingly, Mother.”
“This takes only a moment, and is a source of inspiration and encouragement to the child. The ‘surprise’ may be some wished-for object, a guest invited to supper, a trip to the city or matinee tickets.”
School Luncheons: The Costs Back Then
Excerpt from page 20…
“Sufficient and nutritious luncheons can be furnished to the pupils of a large school for from three to five cents each, but from our present knowledge, it would require about a ten-cent luncheon to satisfy the taste of the American scholar.”
Ah..the good ‘ol days!