Wednesday Lunch Break
This photograph is of the Courbey Court Eating Club at Yale University. Former US President Gerald Ford was one of the distinguished members of this interesting club—he can be seen on the back row, eighth from left. I think we could probably devote a whole Tumblr to photos of Gerald Ford eating… we seem to have quite a few.
This image brings new meaning to the saying “eating on the go.” Here, passengers are pictured enjoying a meal in the dining car of an Amtrak train.
Jim Pickerell photographed this series of Amtrak photographs for the EPA’s Documerica project. You can learn more about Documerica here.
Prior to President Nixon’s historic visit to China, Deputy Assistant Dwight L. Chapin sent out this memo to remind members of Nixon’s party that handling eating utensils in China might be difficult without a little practice.
You can learn more about President Nixon and dinner diplomacy in Prologue: Pieces of History.
Here’s another view of Center Market, which operated on the land which is now occupied by the National Archives building.
You can read more about the role of public markets in the United States in this 1997 Prologue article titled "Public Markets and Municipal Reform in the Progressive Era."