Here, you can find a collection of historic Newfoundland and Labrador photographs depicting all things food.  The page is organized based on steps in the food process: the collection, the preparation, and the consumption.

For a closer look and more detailed information, select the image of the photo.

Collection

The Fisheries

A fisherman emptying out fish from a large barrel into a bin, 1961. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN no. 4301884.
A man with two large lobsters, Pools Island, 1939. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 14-184.
A fishermen jigging for squid off Carbonear, August 1960. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN no. 4301492.
Newfoundland cod being dried out on fishing flakes at Pouch Cove, October 1948. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN no. 4292667.

Picking Up Groceries

Two women in a grocery store with their children, with two more women behind the counter, 1940s. Courtesy of The Rooms, A 1-122.
M. G. Lash, 40 New Gower Street, St. John's, between 1915 and 1920. Courtesy of The Rooms, B 18-2.
E. J. Horwood: Groceries and Provisions, 133-135 Water Street E, St. John's, between 1908 and 1920. Courtesy of The Rooms, B 18-5.
Whiteway's Provisions and Groceries, located at 10 Charlton Street, St. John's, c. 1925. Courtesy of The Rooms, B 16-137.
W. Bowman Provisions and Groceries, between 1908 and 1932. Courtesy of The Rooms, B 18-3.
Woods West End Candy Store, 348 Water Street, St. John's, 1912. Courtesy of The Rooms, B 18-1.
Two women and a man standing in the doorway of a small unidentified grocery store, c. 1900. Courtesy of The Rooms, B 18-4.

Preparation

Inside Nan's Kitchen

Elsie Hillyard in her basement kitchen in Hillview, Newfoundand, 1983. Hillyard-Baker Collection.
Three people around a kitchen stove, Pools Island, 1939. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 14-189.

Cooking & Canning

Mrs. Janie (Herb) and Mrs. W. Milley with a table full of bottled preserves, c.1930. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 57-153.
Women Canning in St. Anthony. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 24-459.
Five women preparing a meal or canning. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 14-220.
Johnnie Paddon and his mother Mina (Gilchrist) Paddon, the Grenfell Mission Cook, beside a barrel of smoking fish, 1930. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 110-16.2.
Cooking a catch of trout over a campfire, 1939. Courtesy of The Rooms’ Digital Archives, Item VA 14-270.
Cooks of the166th Newfoundland Field Artillery Regiment preparing a meal, 1944. Courtesy of The Rooms, MG 120, A 22-57.
A young [Indigneous?] woman cooking at an ornate Ensign brand stove. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 15-69.
Innu woman cooking over an open fire, 1930. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA A 7-187.
"An Indian Kitchen" [Note: original caption], Innu woman beside a camp fire with fish hanging over the fire, 1930. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA VA110-19.2.
A cooking class at the St. Anthony School, 1930. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 3-21.

Consumption

At the Dinner Table

Newfoundland Rangers at dinner, Goose Bay detachment, 1940. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 127-31.2.
The Hillyard's at the table ready to enjoy a plate of Jigg's Dinner in St. Jones Within, Newfoundland, c. mid-1960s. Hillyard-Baker Collection.
Two men having tea and a meal, possibly Dr. Henry Mather [left] and Dr. Arthur Wakefield or Dr. John Grieve [right]. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 30-32.
St. Anthony Orphanage children seated around a table eating a meal. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 24-225.
Ella Manuel chatting with guests over dinner at Killdevil Lodge, 1940s. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 15D-19.4.
The Lambert's enjoying Jigg's Dinner in Hillview, Newfoundland, February 1975. Hillyard-Baker Collection.

'Boil-ups,' 'Mug-ups,' & Informal Dining

Lunch time, shore of Grand Lake, 1930. Courtesy of the Rooms, Item VA 110-15.3.
Three crew having a 'mug up', 1940. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 11-171.
Ella Manuel eating lunch with three anglers at Steady Brook Pond, 1940s. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 15D-18.4.
Sitting on a blanket, having a mug up, Summer 1943. Courtesy of The Rooms, MG 179, VA 22-12.
Three men having dinner on a fire, between 1905 and 1914. Courtesy of The Rooms, E 14-26.
Having a 'mug up', 1930s. Courtesy of The Rooms, MG 63.2192, A 58-46.
People eating on the deck of a vessel, 1908. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 118-64.2.
An outdoor lunch [IGA workers?], four men and woman eating lunch on rocks in a coastal area, woman is wearing trousers, c.1930. Courtesy of The Rooms, IGA 1-236.
Six men eating lunch at a camp, after 1907. Courtesy of The Rooms, Item C 3-91.
A boy having a snack, possibly hard bread, 1939. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 14-54.
Nurse Ester Andersson, Dr. Charles S. Curtis, and three unidentified adults dining on deck of a boat, c.1915. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 106-26.1.
Newfoundland Rangers Ronald Goodyear (Regt. #71) [left] and Earl Hart (Regt. #139) [right], members of the St. Lawrence detachment "boiling up," between 1935 and 1950. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 128-7.1.
'Mug-up' in a trappers camp, between 1926 and 1937. Courtesty of The Rooms, IGA 1-93.

Formal Dinning & Special Occassions

Formally-set table in a dining room decorated for Christmas, 1913. Courtesy of The Rooms, MG 735, VA 73-8.2.
Children's dining room decorated for a party, Muddy Bay, 1926. Courtesy of The Rooms, VA 118-238.