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October 8, 2012

Area saw meatless Tuesdays, 'Chickless' Thursdays in 1947

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Poultry farmers, including Thomas Albright of Athens, Greene County, had shipped crates of live chickens to the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 5. By Friday, the Washington, D.C. based Citizens Food Committee announced that effective immediately it was all right to eat poultry on Thursdays again, although the “voluntary ban” on egg consumption on those days would continue.

President Truman continued to comply with the egg ban, even on Thanksgiving Day, when there was no pumpkin pie at the White House, a Truman tradition, as pumpkin pie contained eggs.

The food conservation policy in that fall of 1947 made a quiet exodus before the end of the year. The New York Times post-mortem was unforgiving, terming the policy a “colossal misappraisal of human nature.”

This weekend: various local news items from the fall of 1912.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at simmark@stny.rr.com. His website is www.oneontahistorian.com. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/marksimonson.

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