|Little Americans Poster, courtesy of: US Library of Congress|
Here is a poster from WWI, about 1917. As with most things from the war, it was aimed at waste and keeping food available for those fighting.
This poster was put out by the United States Food Administration. Asking even the "Little Americans" to do their part by cleaning their plates. It even reminded parents to use oatmeal, cornmeal mush, hominy and even rice with milk in order to save the wheat.
I wonder, do parents today urge their kids to clean their plates? I know I grew up with that ingrained in me, don't be wasteful. I couldn't get up from the table until I had cleaned my plate.
We should all leave nothing on our plates.