Potatriots: The original Freedom Fries

These Iowa spuds were decades ahead of the "Freedom Fries" idea! To help the war effort during First World War, U.S. citizens were encouraged to eat more potatoes while wheat was being sent to the soldiers overseas. This World War I store window display showed potatoes dressed as soldiers, encouraging both children and adults to … Continue reading Potatriots: The original Freedom Fries

Facial Hair Friday: Make a date with Uncle Sam

Perhaps the most famous goatee in all of America belongs to Uncle Sam, the white-haired patriot who appeared in political cartoons in the late 1890s, on recruitment posters in both World Wars, and continues to appear on all kinds of products today. And while facial hair fashions have changed drastically through the years since the … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Make a date with Uncle Sam

What’s Cooking Wednesday: Pull out that sweet tooth!

To celebrate our new exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” we are featuring a food-related blog post every Wednesday. Today's post comes to us from the National Archives at New York City. “Do you know that the money spent in the United States for candy in one year is double the amount required to feed Belgium … Continue reading What’s Cooking Wednesday: Pull out that sweet tooth!

What’s Cooking Wednesdays: Eat your peas in NYC

  To celebrate our new exhibit "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" we are featuring a food-related blog post every Wednesday. Today's post comes from Christopher Zarr at the National Archives in New York City. The National Archives maintains the primary source documents of the U.S. Food Administration (USFA). Thousands of documents illustrate the local sacrifices and quality … Continue reading What’s Cooking Wednesdays: Eat your peas in NYC

Cooking for your family and your allies

"What's Cooking Wednesday" continues with this post from our colleagues at the National Archives at Denver. These Wednesday features celebrate our new exhibit "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" which opens on June 10 in Washington, DC, and looks at the role that the Federal Government has taken in food production, safety, advertising, and nutrition. It's hard to … Continue reading Cooking for your family and your allies

The “Wilsonian” Path to War

President Woodrow Wilson’s campaign slogan throughout his 1916 reelection campaign was "he kept us out of war," but on April 2, 1917, Wilson reversed course and called on Congress to provide a declaration of war for American intervention in World War I. Although this shift in policy contradicted Wilson’s isolationist principles and firm commitment to … Continue reading The “Wilsonian” Path to War

Hemingway, JFK! What else do I have to say?!

Americans love Paris. They even ended the Revolutionary War by writing and signing the Treaty of Paris in that city on September 3, 1783. War brought other Americans to Paris. Almost 150 years later, it was home to Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway's experience in Paris was colored by war. He arrived … Continue reading Hemingway, JFK! What else do I have to say?!

Private Babe Ruth

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. George Herman "Babe" Ruth was no exception to the military draft that took place during World War I, but as fate would have it, the Great Bambino's number was never called. Still, "Babe" Ruth managed to serve his country. Eighty-six … Continue reading Private Babe Ruth