This view of a camp cookhouse is rather more industrial than the one Anna Airy painted. It doesn’t help that the caption on the back refers to the people pictured as “the dirty half dozen.” (1)
Still, there was room for imagination even in these surroundings:
“The printed menus supplied by some stool-warmer [bureaucrat] to the cooks sounded very imposing, but the ‘Country Sausage,’ ‘Hungarian Goulash,’ or ‘Canadian Fricasse’ usually turned out to be one and the same variety of greasy hash.” (2)
(1) Stratton, Charles Roy. Postcard. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
(2) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. Toronto: H.S. Longhurst, 1919. 9-10.