History Nerd: Food & Design

As you all know I'm a bit of a history nerd and that includes the history of graphic design. One of my favourite periods of graphic design history is when they use to colourize B&W photos of food for both cookbooks and advertisements. To the modern eye, the photos looks absolutely disgusting but hey maybe if you've never seen coloured photos before you'd think they look delish! Below are some colourize photos that I found in a 1935 cookbook that belonged to my grandmother. My absolute fav photos in this book are the ones of the aspics, I find aspics to be weirdly fascinating. I love-hate them, the same way I love-hate colourized photos!

ps - If you find aspics interesting like me then check out food history podcast Foodstuff episode about aspics HERE.