‘Benedict peas’, 1951, Catalogue ref: ZLIB 17/129A.
Teacher explains that processed peas are dried peas sent to a factory where they are soaked in water with green colouring, put into cans and sold.
Divide the class into small groups/pairs. Show the class the poster on a whiteboard/or as printed copy. Discuss the following questions:
- What type of source is this?
- What is the product which is being advertised?
- How does the poster encourage people to buy ‘Benedict processed peas’?
- Have you ever tried ‘processed peas’?
- What does the cartoon at the bottom of the poster suggest about the role of women? [Despite women’s employment in the First & Second World Wars, a married woman’s place was still considered to be in the home in the 1950s.]
- Can you explain why this poster is probably aimed at women?
- What does this product suggest about tinned foods in the 1950s?
- How could we find out more about people ate in the 1950s?