Story: Food

Interior of a butcher's shop, 1910 (1st of 2)

Interior of a butcher's shop, 1910

Early 20th-century shoppers were not shielded from the source of their meat, unlike their modern counterparts who are presented with ready-cut and packaged meat. The man and woman behind the cash register are surrounded by an array of headless animal carcases, strings of sausages and joints of meat that have been chopped by the cleavers in the foreground. Just in case the shoppers needed reminding, a picture of the animals in life is displayed above the counter.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
Reference: 1/1-004208-G
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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David Burton, 'Food - Meat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by David Burton, published 5 Sep 2013