Monday, March 12, 2012

Where the tea lady comes from

During the First World War the Germans started referring to their horse-drawn field kitchens as "Gulaschkanone" which translates to Goulash Cannons. Even today you will find military men referring to modern kitchens as such. (The photo is from the military museum at Christiansborg.)

Later, larger trailers evolved and horses were phased out in favour of motorised vehicles more capable of towing heavier loads. In World War Two these mobile canteens were used as a morale booster in the United Kingdom. The culture of the tea break, and in particular as a result of the successful wartime experiment on productivity and morale, the tea lady was born.

Believe it or not!