National Geographic : 1916 Jan
Photograph by Curtis &Miller CANNED SALMON IN THE WAREHOUSE READY FOR DISTRIBUTION Some of the most important advances man has made in his food supply have been the result ofwar. Napoleon's bounty brought about the development of the art of canning foods (see page i). Before his day not even the scientist in his laboratory could "put up" acanoffood; today there is not a rural housewife so unscientific as not to be able to do so. The commercial canneries oftheUnited States alone now produce about twenty cans of fruit and vegetables and five pounds of canned fish and shellfish for every man, woman, and child inthecountry. And this takes no account of that vast quantity of fruits and vegetables canned by the millions of farmers' wives intheir own homes. The tens ofthou sands of cans in this warehouse, which make the men in the middle background appear lost, give some idea ofthemagnitude ofourfishconsump tion, which, however, is smaller per capita than that of most nations.