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Photographic print of four men cooking in a commerical kitchen

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photograph of four unidentified men cooking in a commercial kitchen. The man closest to the camera leans down in front of an open oven and stirs the contents of a large pan with a spatula. A second man wearing a chef's hat stands to the first man's proper right, watching the first man work. Behind these two men are two more men at a counter opposite the oven looking inside a large Dutch oven. The back of the photograph has two barcode stickers at the top and a yellow circular sticker at center right.

Cooking His Breakfast; Augusta, Ga

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A cabinet card with an albumen print of an unidentified man sitting in a dirt yard near a wooden structure. The man is sitting on an overturned wooden crate near a short homemade oven made from stacked bricks. A kettle and other cooking implements are gathered near the oven and the man's crate. He looks at the photographer and has his arms crossed and propped onto his thighs. A short wooden structure held up by two large sticks is in the left background. In the right background is a larger wooden structure with a sloped shingled roof that is made from boards, with several additional boards and sticks used to prop up the original structure. The print is mounted on gray cardboard. An inscription handwritten on the reverse reads, "Cooking his breakfast / Augusta Ga".

What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This is a small hardcopy book with a red cloth cover. On the front in gilt letters are the words [What / Mrs. Fisher / Knows / About / Old Southern Cooking]. The words "What" and "Know" are surrounded by a rectangular gilt outline. Set at an angle across this rectangle is a second gilt rectangle enclosing the words "Mrs. Fisher." There are abstract floral, wheel, and spindle shaped designs in gilt at both ends of the two rectangles. The cover is textured with small bumps. There are numerous stains scattered across the cover. On the title page is an archival repair to the bottom of the title-page, with a few words provided in facsimile. On the first blank page is a handwritten inscription.

Stockpot used to cook collard greens at the Florida Avenue Grill

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A large metal stockpot with handles, used to cook collard greens at the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant in Washington, DC. The pot is cylindrical with a rolled lip. Two (2) handles are bolted into the sides of the pot below the top rim with four (4) bolts each. The entire lower exterior half of the stockpot is charred and blackened from use. No manufacturer's mark is visible.

Studio portrait of a young girl

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of a young girl. She is wearing a ruffled light dress with dark zigzag trim, socks and shoes. She is seated on a covered bench and is sticking a toy in her mouth.

A Taste of Heritage: The New African American Cuisine

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Paperback cook book titled, "A Taste of Heritage: the new African American cuisine". Book has predominantly red cover, with orange, black, yellow, and green geometric patterns running vertically along left side. Yellow, white, green, and black type appear on front cover reading, [A Taste of / HERITAGE / the new / AFRICAN-AMERICAN / cuisine / CHEF JOE RANDALL & TONI TIPTON-MARTIN]. Front of book features color photograph by Dennis Gottlieb of a plate full of various types of food. First page of book is signed by Chef Joe Randall. Foreward by Marcel Desaulniers

Cooking Pot Fragment

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Menu for AGIP restaurant in Rome

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A quarter folded menu from a restaurant run by Italian petrol company, AGIP (Azienda Generale Italiana Petroli—General Italian Oil Company). The front of the menu features stylized black and white illustrations of restaurant staff engaged in various activities. At the top right corner is the restaurant name in large block letters [AGIP]. The figures include a chef stirring a pot, a sommelier with a wine bottle and glass, three (3) waiters, two of which hold trays of drinks. The third waiter is seen with a dessert cart. The menu is divided into two main sections: Fixed Price and À La Carte. The À La Carte menu is further divided into Hors D'oeuvres & Specialties, Soups & Pasta, Meat Dishes, Vegetables, Eggs & Cold Dishes, Cheese, Desserts & Fruits, and Wines & Mineral Water. The text is written in English, Italian, German, and French translations and is illustrated with several further cartoon chefs. One of the interior pages is dedicated to encouraging customers to give feedback as well as the address of the restaurant and an illustration of the AGIP logo, a six legged dog.

Colander used by Chef Joseph Randall

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A metal colander with circular base and circular bowl. There are metal handles on sides of colander and numerous round holes in the bowl for straining. The exterior of bowl is copper.

Menu from Dooky Chase's Restaurant

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Paper menu for Dooky Chase's Restaurant, housed in a plastic and leather menu holder. Menu consists of a single sided piece of paper with black type. In large type at TC of paper is, [DOOKY CHASE'S]. Menu is split into six sections: "APPETIZERS", "SEAFOOD", "POULTRY & MEATS", "SIDES", "DESSERTS", and "CHILDREN'S MENU". The dishes listed include Dooky Chase signatures such as Fried Chicken, Shrimp Clemenceau, Chicken Creole, and Stuffed Shrimp. Menu holder has clear plastic front and back, with a maroon leather border and decorated metal corners.

Postcard of a fish dealer

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Postcard of a tinted black and white photograph of a man selling fish out of a wheeled cart on a street. The man stands on the right side of the image with his right hand on the card. In his left hand he holds a large fish. The cart is in the lower half of the image, centrally located. In the background on the left side in the upper left quadrant is a building under construction. In the upper right corner is printed text in black "The Fish Dealer." In the lower right corner is additional text in black listing the copyright date and holders "Copyright 1909 by / E.S. Blakely & / F. H. Hearan." The back of postcard is divided into two sections by black text in the top center reading "POST CARD / THIS SPACE FOR CORRESPONDENCE / THIS SPACE FOR ADDRESS ONLY." In the top right corner is text in black "PLACE STAMP HERE."

Postcard of a nut cake vendor

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Postcard of a black and white photograph of a seated woman selling nut cakes from paper resting on her lap. The woman looks off to the right. She holds the paper in her lap with cakes layered under the paper. In her PR hand she holds a large fan. She wears a dark shawl and a blanket covers her knees and legs. Below the image, along the bottom, is a white rectangle with text within listing the manufacturer and image caption "SOUVENIR POST CARD CO N.Y. / 16804-Nut Cake Vender." The back of the postcard is dividing into two sections. Green printed text and lines cover the back. "Post Card / This space may be used for Correspondence / The address only to be Written Here / PLACE STAMP HERE / DOMESTIC ONE CENT / FOREIGN TWO CENTS."

Postcard of a banana and pineapple vendor

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Postcard of a tinted black and white photograph of a cart carrying bananas and pineapples. The cart is diagonally oriented away from the viewer with the back closest to the camera. On the right side of the image is the hindquarters of a horse. The cart is driven by a man, seated at the front. He holds a whip aloft. Behind the cart is a house. In the upper right corner is printed black text "Pineapples/and Bananas." The back of the postcard is divided into two sections. On the left half of the back is hand-written text in black ink "don't forget / the place / Bradentown / Fla." On the right half of the back is additional hand-written text in black ink "Miss H. Fright (?) / Crandle Road / Tiverton R. I." In the upper right corner is a green, cancelled, one cent stamp.

The Picayune Creole Cook Book

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A hardback copy of the sixth edition of the Picayune Creole Cook Book which has in total 390 off-white pages separated into different categories of Creole cuisine in several distinct chapters. The front cover is beige, with some slight darker discoloration around the edges, and features a dark blue ink illustration in its center. The drawing depicts a woman in a polka-dot blouse with rolled up sleeves, a checkered skirt, an apron around her waist, and a head wrap covering her hair, stirring the contents of a large bowl. A pitcher sits next to the bowl on the table; above the image is the book's title centered in a dark blue label which reads [PICAYUNE / CREOLE/ COOK / BOOK]. The interior of the front cover has a sticker featuring a black-and-white landscape/exterior shot from the visual perspective of a covered patio; [EX LIBRIS/ANITA BALDWIN] is written into the scene on the bottom and top rails of the patio. There are three handwritten notes on the interior of the front cover, [Not to be taken] underlined and repeated on the top right of the first blank title page. [Anita M. Baldwin / (illegible)] is centered on the first blank title page. The first interior page is 3/4 full of handwritten penciled text. There are pencil marks throughout the text which scratch out the word "carrots" from recipes which include them as an ingredient.

Beverage service from Wormley's Hotel

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A silver plated beverage service including three (3) unmatched pieces, a pot for tea or coffee (.1), a sugarbowl with lid (.2), and creamer (.3) used at Wormley's Hotel in Washington, DC.

Menu from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A menu from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant in Washington, DC. The menu is two (2) identical copies of the same menu printed on paper, placed back to back, and laminated. On both sides, the foods are listed in three (3) columns, with the Breakfast Menu at the left, the Dinner Menu at center and Sandwiches at the right. The header has the text [Florida Avenue / ...Grill...] at left, and at center, the restaurant's address followed by [Specializing in / SOUTHERN STYLE FOOD]. At the proper right corner of the header, on both sides, is a line drawing of a man wearing a chef's hat.

Menu insert from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A menu insert from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant in Washington, DC. The insert lists the lunch specials for the Florida Avenue Grill. The insert is printed in maroon ink on paper. There is no printing on the back.

Menu from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A menu from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant in Washington, DC. The menu is made from two (2) printed sheets of paper laminated and folded down the middle to make a bi-fold shape. The front cover features a text box with: "Specializing in / Southern Style Food / Florida Avenue / ...Grill... / since 1944" at center, followed by the restaurant's address and telephone number. The inside of the menu has a banner across the top that reads "Menu" in the upper left corner, with illustrations continuing across the top of various foods and chefs with pots. Breakfast foods are listed on the inside left of the menu, and dinner, seafood, desserts and beverages are listed on the inside right. The back cover lists sandwiches and house specialties.

Menu from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A menu from the Florida Avenue Grill restaurant in Washington, DC. The menu is one (1) printed sheet of black text on cream paper. The inside of the menu has a banner across the top that reads "MENU" in the upper left corner, with illustrations continuing across the top of various foods and chefs with pots. Breakfast foods are listed on the left side, and dinner, seafood, desserts and beverages are listed on the right. The verso of the sheet of paper shows what would be the front and back covers of the menu, if the menu had been folded into a bi-fold shape. The back cover, at proper left, lists sandwiches. The front cover, at proper right, features the name of the restaurant at center [Florida Avenue / ...Grill... / since 1944], followed by the restaurant's address and telephone number and [Specializing in / Southern Style Food].

Cast iron skillet owned and used by Beatrice Mack

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Cast iron skillet with single handle with a hole in the handle. The hole in the handle is oblong and points toward the pan. There are two (2) small lips at the PL and PR sides of the pan. On the bottom of the base on the exterior is a small inscription [8 G].

Knife from the Tubman household

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Wooden-handled knife from the Tubman household.

Fork from the Tubman household

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Wooden-handled fork from the Tubman household.

Postcard of a shrimp peddler

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Postcard with a black and white photograph of a man pushing a three wheeled cart. The man stands in the right third of the image and his cart is in the left two-thirds. He stands on a street corner near a house with a large porch. At his feet, in front of the rear wheel nearest the viewer, is a cat. Below the image in the lower left corner is black text "Shrimp Peddler, Charleston, South Carolina". The back of the postcard is divided into two portions. Down the center of the back is a vertical line of black text "'Natural-Finish' Card -- Advertising Service Agency, Charleston, S.C."

Postcard of a praline seller

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Vertically oriented postcard with a tinted image of a black and white photograph of a woman seated on curving stairs. The woman is seated with a fan in her proper right hand that rests in her lap. On her left side, on the step below her, is a basket with food. She is shown in a green and yellow dress and wears a head wrap. Below the image in the lower left corner is black text "PRALINE SELLER, NEW ORLEANS, LA." The back of the postcard is divided into two portions and has green text throughout "PRALINE SELLER-Pralines are a candy made of light brown sugar sprinkled thickly with meat of the pecan nut / POST CARD. PLACE STAMP HERE UNITED STATES AND CANADA ONCE CENT FOREIGN TWO CENTS / THIS SPACE MAY BE USED FOR MESSAGE / THIS SPACE FOR ADDRESS / 154". In the top left is handwritten text "WB99-7/ 1.50"
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