1919 magazines were filled with articles about World War I, and how the U.S. and other countries were returning to normalcy following the end of war.
During the war, Americans conserved food and were able to send huge amounts of flour and sugar to Europe to feed the troops and others in need.
At the end of the war there was lots of sugar stockpiled in Europe, and people wondered what should be done with it. Here’s what the February, 1919 issue of American Cookery had to say about this:
Cookies! Yanks Eat Millions
More than 6,000,000 old-fashioned American cookies have been manufactured in France and distributed with the compliments of the American Red Cross to the soldiers in service, the wounded in hospitals and to scores of canteens. Within a month it is expected that 700,000 will be made a day. At present the output is 200,000 a day.
It is the belief of Red Cross officials that the manufacture of cookies will not be affected by the cessation of hostilities.
It is pointed out that there is a six-months stock of sugar and one and a half years’ supply of flour in storage for making the cookies.