the war of ideas

One of the best parts of my job is finding treasures.

I’m putting together an exhibition on thrift and recycling, and going through our research files for WWII as there is a lot of great promotional material. Covers of the pamphlets always grab my attention.

I’d love to see more hand drawn promotional stuff, instead of ads using photoshopped photographs, etc. It’s out there, but few and far between.

I found 55 Ways to Save Eggs very educational.




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8 responses to “the war of ideas

  1. I always save my eggs in the fridge, so I guess I only know one way. Obviously I need handy pamphlets like that!

  2. Are you watching Bomb Girls? Those ads made me think of that show.

  3. Canada’s Housoldiers! The more you talk about exhibitions and stuff, the more I am convinced that you have the coolest job in the world.

  4. Recently Debbie went to enter our kids’ entry into a local “Fire Safety Poster” contest at the fire department. While there they showed her the winning entries from every past contest which has been run annually since before WWII. She especially got a kick out of the “Every House Fire Helps Hitler” poster from the 40s.

  5. Barb: I actually want to try one of the recipes in that one. It was about how to make the same dishes with fewer ingredients.

    WC: I haven’t. I’ll have to look it up!

    BAP: It’s pretty cool, I’m not going to lie. ;)

    John: Ha! That’s awesome. I wish posters these days would be so humourous.

  6. I love these sorts of pamphlets. Last year I watched a British food series called “The Supersizers Go…” and one was all about food/cooking during WWII. Fascinating to see what people had to go through in terms of obtaining food and making it last. 55 ways to save eggs? Yes please! In days of constantly rising prices but without constantly rising wages to match we might be back there again.

  7. FYI, you should be able to watch most of the series on YouTube if anyone’s interested.

  8. Hi Karen, I’ll have to check out that series, I haven’t heard of it before.

    I know, I’m thinking of trying some of the recipes from the 55 Ways to Save Eggs. If I do, I’ll be sure to post it!

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