Breakfast in the Archives!

Kellogg Company. Women inspecting filled boxes of cereal before boxes go to sealer. August 22, 1934.
(Local ID: 86-G-5G-9, NAID: 522864)

Every now and then when looking through a box of photographs in our holdings, a new potential “thread” of information will present itself that sparks curiosity for further research on a particular keyword. Sometimes it’s a subject or topic directly relating to the reference request I am working on, and sometimes it is completely random.

Recently, the word “Breakfast” popped into my head and immediately following was the thought: I wonder what we have on that!

Men of 10th Artillery, Battery A, making breakfast after a night in the rain. Near Souilly, Meuse, France, August 23, 1918. (Local ID: 111-SC-160374, NAID: 313165880)

You could say I was a bit egg-cited to follow this thread and see what records came up! Here in the Still Picture Branch at the National Archives, we have many photographs within our holdings that show many different ways that breakfast has been consumed throughout history. Take a look below at some of the various images found when searching the National Archives Catalog for different terms.

Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time!

Check out these previous The Unwritten Record posts by Kquinn for more interesting “random” finds in our Catalog:
Hole World (February 21, 2023)
Bird is the Word (November 1, 2022)

Left Image: Photograph of Farm People Eating Breakfast. (Local ID: 16-G-163-1-11.759, NAID: 30805821)

Coffee, Anyone?

Breakfast by the Campfire

Breakfast in Posters During Wartime

World War I Posters:

World War II Posters:

Breakfast in More Recent Military Operations and Activities

… and Last but Not Least, Breakfast in Space!

Hungry for more? Check out the National Archives Catalog and see what kind of research you can cook up!

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