Sunday, January 20, 2013


Lick the Platter Clean, vintage poster circa 1943- image courtesy of US National Archives

Here is a poster that I believe was aimed at children during WWII.  I'm guessing that the use of cartoon like nursery rhyme characters might have been to appeal to children.  Since WWII conservation on the home front was all about not wasting food, saving food for the troops and the war effort, they needed everyone in on that effort, adults AND kids.

And really, isn't it just as important today too?  None of us need to waste food and I often see so much food wasted at restaurants.

Enjoy your day!


  1. This is from an old English nursery rhyme.

    Jack Sprat rhyme aka Jack Spratt

    Jack Sprat could eat no fat
    His wife could eat no lean
    And so betwixt the two of them
    They licked the platter clean

    Jack ate all the lean,
    Joan ate all the fat.
    The bone they picked it clean,
    Then gave it to the cat

    Jack Sprat was wheeling,
    His wife by the ditch.
    The barrow turned over,
    And in she did pitch.

    Says Jack, "She'll be drowned!"
    But Joan did reply,
    "I don't think I shall,
    For the ditch is quite dry."

    Jack Sprat rhyme aka Jack Spratt

    1. AHHH! I love it!!! Thank you for the info. I thought it looked nursery rhyme-ish. Thanks!!!

  2. I thought last week's was good... but this one is "gooder!"

  3. Love this poster but instead of licking the platter clean I think we could all use smaller platters to begin with! Fortunatley for us nothing is wasted on our farm. Goes to chickens or pigs or dogs or or or

    1. There you go! I have some vintage china in different patterns and it's amazing how much smaller the dinner plates were. Our salad plates now are bigger than dinner plates of days past. It's amazing.

      And yes, with all the critters around a regular farm, there is always something needing to be fed, huh? LOL!

  4. I always get told off if i lick the plate!


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