Eating Lunch: Vintage Photos from The Library of Congress

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As we wrap up Lunch Week here on The Kitchn, we thought some historical visual browsing would be fun. These photos come courtesy of the Library of Congress’ photo archives on Flickr, and they show ordinary lunch hours—those midday breaks given for rest and sustenance, enjoyed alone or with other people. It’s the same now as it was then.

1 Midsummer Day, Bronx Park, between 1910 and 1915
2 French Officers at luncheon in field, between 1910 and 1915
3 Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, C. & N.W. R.R., Clinton, Iowa, April 1943
4 Men of the community of Pie Town, New Mexico eating at the barbeque, October 1940
5 Women workers of the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company’s plant, Long Beach, California, October 1942

6 C. & N.W. R.R., Mrs. Elibia Siematter, employed as a sweeper at the roundhouse, Clinton, Iowa, April 1943
7 Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California, October 1942
8 Rice in a lunch of a sugar worker on a plantation, vicinity of Guanica, Puerto Rico, January 1942
9 Serving up the barbeque at the Pie Town, New Mexico, Fair, October 1940

(Images: The Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr – 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9)