Nova Scotia Archives

What's Cooking?

Food, Drink and the Pleasures of Eating in Old-Time Nova Scotia


Virtual Exhibit

An endless variety of food, drink and the pleasures of eating is captured here in over 100 images and documents — a smorgasbord of kitchens and cooking equipment, banquets indoors and out, picnics, church suppers and weddings, restaurants, old-time purveyors of meat and game, grocery stores and early supermarkets, camp kitchens, farm produce and the harvest of the sea. The exhibit begins with a diagram showing the correct placement of food on the table at a formal banquet in Halifax, 1785, and ends two centuries later in 1994, with HM Queen Elizabeth II inspecting a period kitchen rebuilt at Fortress Louisbourg.

Results 1 to 15 of 113 from your search:

Diagram of arrangement of food on the Supper Table, Queen's Ball, Halifax

Date: 18 January 1785

Reference: Almon Scrapbook Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 14 

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Sign from the Stag Inn, Preston

Date: 1840s

Reference: Nova Scotia Museum 34-211 

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Poster for Picnic at McNab's Island

Date: 1847

Reference: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Nova Scotia Archives MG 100 vol. 1 no. 45 (microfilm 786) 

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"Faders Bros. Market, 8-10 Bedford Row, Halifax, N.S., 1885"

Date: 1885

Reference: Fader Nova Scotia Archives 1972-21 no. 24 

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"J. A. Leaman & Co., 8-10 Bedford Row, Halifax, N.S., formerly owned by Faders Bros., 1890"

Date: 1890

Reference: Fader Nova Scotia Archives 1972-21 no. 25 

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"The Mayflower Stoves and Ranges"

Date: ca. 1896

Reference: Library Nova Scotia Archives VF vol. 135 no. 32 

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View of fish drying on flakes, Lunenburg

Date: ca. 1900

Reference: W.L. Bishop Nova Scotia Archives 1983-240 104 

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Two Women Cooking Over a Campfire

Date: ca. 1900

Reference: Dunlop Nova Scotia Archives 1992-398 no. 15 negative N-2488 

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Man Cooking Fish Over a Campfire

Date: ca. 1900

Reference: Dunlop Nova Scotia Archives 1992-398 no. 20 

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"Nass family picnic, The Deep Cove Picnic, Chester, August 1904"

Date: August 1904

Reference: Edith Read Nova Scotia Archives 1996-78 no. 94 negative N-10077 

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Interior of a general store, Guysborough, N.S.

Date: ca. 1900

Reference: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 41 negative N-7252 

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Engineers in mess tent, Guysborough, N.S.

Reference: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 177 

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First prize Edith N. Cooking for girls under 16, Guysborough County Exhibition

Date: September 1915

Reference: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 429 

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Group cooking in woods

Reference: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 562 

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Miss Tomkins and hens, Guysborough, N.S.

Date: ca. 1917

Reference: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 627 

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