Summer’s almost over and school is starting for another year! One of the hardest parts of getting back into the school routine is trying to figure out what to have for lunch each day. Today there are lots of choices – schools have hot lunch programs, cafeterias, some are located in areas where students can go buy their lunch at a restaurant, and of course, you can always bring your own.
what made me marvel at the little lunch pail currently on display in our
jail. It’s really small, measuring just
7.8cm (3”) high and 15.5cm (6”) long. In
fact, in the picture below you can see a ball point pen at the bottom of
it. That gives you an idea of just how
small this lunch pail is.
metal pail is from around the 1880s and belonged to a student called Evelyn. Lunch was usually home made bread with
home-made butter, or home-made jelly or jam.
It was a real treat if students had peanut butter! It wasn’t often students had meat in their
sandwiches; many parents could not afford to buy lunch meats like we eat today. Some memories of school day lunches include
fried-egg sandwiches, mustard sandwiches, mashed potato sandwiches, and lettuce
pails have evolved to lunchboxes over the years with many different designs and
colours. As a kid, we weren’t allowed to
have a new lunchbox every year so I can remember being very excited when the
old one wore out and I was allowed to choose a new one! My favourite had horses – kind of like the
wonder what today’s students would think if they could only eat what could fit
inside this little pail? What was your favourite lunchbox?