Archive | Innovations and Inventions Related to Food

Woodward’s Food Floor

Woodward’s Food Floor I recently reviewed Food Floor: My Woodward’s Days by Margaret Cadwaladr[i].  It’s a  memoir of the author’s experiences, as a high school, then university student, working part time on Woodward’s Food Floor in Vancouver, in the late 1960s and early 70s.  It is a little book (only 65 pages) of stories and […]

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Automatic Toasters

Automatic Toasters Automatic toasters ensured more people ate toast for breakfast.   A recent survey found that one out of four Canadians currently make toast their breakfast food[i]. In British Columbia this practice may be partly attributed to marketing campaigns by BC Electric Railway (later BC Electric, now BC Hydro). “ In June 1923 B.C. Electric […]

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Food Grinders

Food Grinders An image of a Home Food Grinder recently surfaced on the internet, with the caption,  “Do you know what this is?” I have kept my mother’s Home Food Grinder in my cupboard for years, mostly for sentimental reasons. My mother would hook it up to the kitchen table and my brother and sister […]

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Cook Stoves for BC

Cook Stoves for BC In the period between 1858 when the gold rush and early settlement began in British Columbia and 1887 when the first train reached Vancouver, most settlers were dependent on local manufacture for their heating and cooking stoves. Albion Iron Works in Victoria began in 1862, founded by Joseph Spratt primarily to […]

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Technology in the kitchen – the old is new

Technology in the kitchen – the old is new Most museums have kitchen displays, and this week’s topic is kitchen technology.  In the traditionally-set up kitchen display, visitors usually comment on the quaintness of the old-time kitchen utensils but the implications of kitchen technology are seldom explored.  In actuality, kitchens hold history hostage;  they represent […]

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