Story: Food

Anchor butter poster, 1936

Anchor butter poster, 1936

New Zealanders have long been among the world's highest consumers of dairy products, particularly butter. However, domestic consumption has dropped dramatically since the 1960s, fuelled in recent times by concerns about the links between saturated fat consumption and high cholesterol levels. The buttery tones and rural setting of this Anchor poster produced in 1936 present a completely wholesome, healthy image of this staple dairy product.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-185-003
Gouache by Leslie Bertram Archibald Rykers

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David Burton, 'Food - Dairy products', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by David Burton, published 5 Sep 2013