Butter Packing ’40s-Style

CVA 1184-1785 - [Workers cutting blocks of butter and wrapping and weighing it for shipmentCVA 1184-1785 - [Workers cutting blocks of butter and wrapping and weighing it for shipment] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo

CVA 1184-1785 – [Workers cutting blocks of butter and wrapping and weighing it for shipmentCVA 1184-1785 – [Workers cutting blocks of butter and wrapping and weighing it for shipment] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo.

It is mildly shocking to our (or, perhaps more accurately, my) contemporary sensibilities to see butter being cut by patently non-antiseptic metal machinery and handled by people without any gloves. Ah well, the folks who consumed the butter were doubtless glad to have it (there was butter rationing in Canada during WWII and it was even harder to get hands on in Europe during and after the war).

It isn’t clear to me where the image was taken, but my suspicion is that this was the Burns & Co. plant at the northern foot of Woodland Drive (just a block west of Commercial).*

Notes

*There are hints in the history of the Okanagan dairy co-op that during this period, there was an arrangement by local dairy farmers to rent Burns’ facilities. Whether or not the Saskatchewan dairy co-op followed suit isn’t clear, but it seems likely. Beryl Wamboldt. The History of S.O.D.I.C.A. The Vernon News, pub., 1965.

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One Response to Butter Packing ’40s-Style

  1. bwcarey says:

    they used to leave ham and turkey in the pantry, and it lasted weeks, perhaps the growth of modern bacteria is a little more frenetic these days, fine post, and children used to be hardier too, and people used to overreact a lot less too, did someone mention the word lawyer…happy new year

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