We may be on the verge of a meltdown here in Brooklyn, but that’s why ice cream exists. (Sorry I don’t have any to offer you!) Meanwhile, here are some beautiful things to ogle.
- Make some Blueberry Earl Grey Scones this weekend.
- A life’s work takes its toll on hands. (Warning: a wee bit gross!)
- A growing collection of Etsy goodies.
- The construction of the Statue of Liberty.
- Pizza nerds, rejoice! The Domino’s supply chain, revealed.
- Gasp! Jane Austen’s ring.
- Because no occasion would be complete without a novelty cake shaped like a ham.
Until industrialization, lunch was called dinner and typically was consumed at home. The proliferation of blue-collar and white-collar workers transformed that institution into the lunch hour (or half-hour). Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart borrowed the Automat concept from Europe, where it had been developed in the 1880s. John Fritsche, the company’s chief engineer, perfected the machines.
At its peak, Horn & Hardart, through its Automats, the waiter-less cafeterias that often accompanied them and its retail shops, was feeding as many as 750,000 people a day.
Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys exploring New York, historical nonfiction and thrifting. She loves a good cat video.