So far, Wisconsin has been totally amazing. I'll write soon about my overwhelming visit to the Alliance School yesterday. One thing there's been no shortage of in Milwaukee is dairy. The frozen custard I had last night at Leon's will be a fond memory for the rest of my life. They're no stranger to dairy art in Midwest--a State Fair wouldn't be a State Fair without giant butter carvings of Paul Bunyan. Last year, I wrote about Salt Lick City, an exhibition of art created by cows licking salt blocks, but I've never written about art created by pigs. Today's post isn't exactly created BY pigs, but it is certainly created OUT of them.
Ptak Science Books just posted some scans from one of the most amazing craft books I have ever encountered, the amazingly named White Art in the Meat Food Business. A Practical Handbook for Butcher, Pork Stores, Restaurants, Hotels and Delicatessens on How to Make Lasting and Transferable White Art Decorations out of Bacon Fat Back for Window Displays, Ornaments on Meat Food Cold Buffets and for Exhibits and Advertising Purposes. Enrich yourself with Personal Knowledge. Got that? Learn to create delightful displays for your shop window out of bacon fat!
I can just imagine Urban Outfitters jumping on this trend, creating a miniature utopia diorama of bearded Brooklyn fashion victims in porkpie hats. How about Hot Topic? Bacon fat would make perfect pale Goth skin if you wanted to make some pork mannequins. The posting about the book describes the lovely photograph to the left, which shows hanging DUCKS made of PORK FAT! That must have been some pushing the bounds of technology when the pamphlet was created (in the early 1900's, I would guess). Otto Fleiss, who literally WROTE THE BOOK on bacon art was also a maestro of pork-y Christmas decoration. I'm guessing the Hannukah decorations didn't go over so well.
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