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Poor Boy Sandwich

Poor Boy Sandwich

Making sandwiches, Courtesy of the Florida State Archives Florida Memory Project

Making sandwiches, Courtesy of the Florida State Archives Florida Memory Project

Today we will be focusing on the “Poor Boy Sandwich” as we continue the theme inspired by National Sandwich Month. Now we turn to more New Orleans dishes from the WPA food sources located in the archives of the US Library of Congress.  The stories comes from the Louisiana folder titled approximately America Eats Notes, Reports, and Essays. I have produced the content in a paraphrased format when necessary to make them legible and indirect quotes as often as possible.

Natives of New Orleans also relished in eating a “Poor Boy Sandwich”. These sandwiches were made with French bread and meats such as ham, roast beef. Commonly they came at least a foot long and sold for 10 or $.15 around the city. These sandwiches helped blue collar workers maintain a high level of performance for an affordable price. One sandwich served as a complete meal!

Learn more about the history of the civil rights movement in the city of New Orleans in the book linked below:

Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution 

Leah Chase The Queen of Creole Cuisine

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