Friday, November 12, 2010


A mid-19th century American bakery from NPS archives.

Unidentified mid-19th century. Note the pinner apron detail.

Diderot, mid 18th century, the pastry shop.

Another from Diderot's mid-18th century encyclopedia, the bread bakery.

A French baker selling his bread. Note the cap.


Le Loup said...

Great images, thank you.
Do you have any information on 18th century food packaging/wrapping/containers? I have of course been researching, & although I have yet to find any direct documentation or images, I think through experimental archaeology & common sense I have the answers. But I would very much like to get info from other sources.
Regards, Keith.

Brock said...

Hiya Keith. I've done a little 18th c. re-enacting, but I don't have citations I can give about packaging. The biggest thing to keep in mind would be commercial versus home packaged products. For trekking you're on the right idea: weight is the key factor. Some friends of mine have had good success with boiled silk as a wrapper for cheese and cured meat products, even for portable soups. Commercially I believe coopered packaging was more common than pottery. But again, no sources to cite. Good luck in your ventures...