Thursday, September 24, 2009

Old School Thursday: Pour Some Syrup on Me Edition

Today is National Cherries Jubilee Day, which actually seems sort of inappropriate, when you consider that the only other major food event of note to take place on September 24th is the death of Nancy Green (1923), also known as the real Aunt Jemima.

Green was hired at the end of 19th century as a sort of live spokesman for the brand. She gained major acclaim at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where she was named Pancake Queen after the police were called in to control the crowds at the Aunt Jemima booth. Can you imagine that happening today? A hundred years ago, people cared that much about pancakes. And branding. It’s kind of heart-warming.

Anyway, Green kept up her role for another thirty years, when she died, sadly, in a car accident. And the cherries jubilee lobby wants us to celebrate with dessert? No way. It’s pancakes or bust today…

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