The picture on page 53 . . . captures a moment in time, the spaghetti (they didn't have "pasta" back then) lifting from the boiling water, steam rising, the cook looking at the men gathered outside of the window who are, for the most part, eyeing the spaghetti. Expectantly? It was taken in New York City in 1937 during the Great Depression. Why are they gathered there? Are they going to get free food? Did they eat that day? Are they enjoying some no cost street theatre? Their dress really doesn't tell us much. Men from all walks of life lost their livelihoods back then and would daily get dressed in their suits, maybe to maintain some self-respect, while they spent the day looking for work that didn't come. There's a Norman Rockwell feeling to the picture, some accidental warmth in a time of upheaval and desperation.
|(Saveur doesn't attribute this photo, but I think it may be by Ida Wyckoff—KA)|