Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Chicken In Every Pot

Suggestive of general welfare or prosperity

First stated by Henry IV of France as,
"I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that
he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday."

"A chicken in every pot" is a quotation that is perhaps one of the most mis-assigned in American political history. Variously attributed to each of four presidents serving between 1920 and 1936, it is most often associated with Herbert Hoover. Although Hoover never uttered the phrase, the Republican Party did use it in a 1928 campaign advertisement touting a period of "Republican prosperity" that had provided a "chicken in every pot.
And a car in every backyard to boot."

The link between Hoover and the phrase "a chicken in every pot" can be traced to a paid advertisement which apparently originated with the Republican National Committee, who inserted it into a number of newspapers during the 1928 campaign. The ad described in detail how the Republican administrations of Harding and Coolidge had "reduced hours and increased earning capacity, silenced discontent, put the proverbial 'chicken in every pot.' And a car in every backyard, to boot." The ad concluded that a vote for Hoover would be a vote for continued prosperity.

America invented industrial poultry production, but a century ago in the United States, chickens were more prized as showpieces than dinner table centerpieces. Chickens, like many fancy pigeon breeds of today, were bred more for exhibition than consumption. Only around 1910 did raising these birds for eggs supersede raising them for show. When Herbert Hoover promised “a chicken in every pot” in 1928, America’s entire annual per-capita consumption could fit in a pot.  Americans were eating an average of only a half-pound of chicken a year. By 1945, the figure stood at five pounds per year. The radical change happened after World War II. Current chicken consumption is around 90 pounds a year, over half a bird a week. Chicken used to be more expensive than steak or lobster in the United States; poultry may now be cheaper than the potatoes with which it’s served.

This vintage tablecloth depicts various pots and pans and other small
kitchen appliances in a homey colorway that says, "warm and cozy" to me.
Both contemporary and vintage pieces are included
for the perfect chicken dinner to be served on The Little Round Table.
Details at the end of this post.

Vintage Kitchen Kraft individual casserole in Fiesta Yellow

Vintage Fiesta Disc pitcher in Yellow

Vintage Harlequin Ball Jug in Light Green

Vintage rack holding vintage custard cups from several makers.

Fiesta Yellow Kitchen Kraft Ball Jar

Italian Glass chargers - Tuesday Morning
Contemporary Fiesta in Shamrock, Cinnabar and White
Vintage Fiesta in Yellow
Napkins, lantern - Home Goods
Napkin Rings - Bed Bath Beyond
Goblets - Pier 1

Thanks so much for dropping by!
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  1. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Totally loving those custard cups.

    - The Tablescaper

  2. Warm and cozy, indeed! We're ready for our Sunday lunch! That TC on TLRT makes pots look so glamorous!

  3. I love it all. So colorful and cheery.
    xo bj

  4. What a cheerful table full of color. I need to send you some of my golden daffodils. ~ Sarah

  5. Sure wish our table had looked like this for our baked chicken this evening. It's lovely and the brightness would certainly have offset our dreary dust storm today..

  6. Wow I so love your tablescape. The colors are fantastic!

  7. As always so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  8. What a beautifully vibrant colors! You put sunshine in my house where there is none today! Thank you!! Cathy

  9. What a very neat arrangement I love the color. It is awesome. Visiting here through MYM here's mine thanks My Daily Mumbles

  10. I'm always amazed at all the different ways you combine pieces. Your color choices are so lovely. Love the table linens, too.

  11. Today Nate said that Fiesta Ware is still very collectible and a good value. I have the bright yellow and blue. I love it.

  12. I am a huge fan of fiesta ware. I collect it vintage when I can and have all the new colors for last 10 years or so. Your tablescapes are all beautiful!

  13. I love visiting your kitchen. How in the world did you do such a great graphic at the beginning? Makes me smile.
    The colors in this post are my dream kitchen, the greens and vibrant yellow. Inviting and refreshing.

  14. The colors are all so vibrant and beautiful! It's a joy to visit you! ♥

  15. What wonderful colors in the tablecloth. I love the coordinating table setting. I love the colors and designs of vintage table cloths.

  16. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments!
    Color is so important in my life, but I guess you had figured that out already. :-)

    Dogsmom - are you talking about the "header" with the tablescape images? It is just images of the last two weeks tablescapes here on The Little Round Table .... it changes a couple of times each week as I post a new tablescape. I'm pleased that you like it.


  17. Such a beautiful table! That yellow Fiesta pitcher is gorgeous!

  18. Beautiful colors...I love the different textures you have on this setting. So pretty. Happy VTT!

  19. Thanks ladies, I'm so pleased you could drop by for a visit!


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