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.


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Almon Scrapbook scan 201313675
Diagram of arrangement of food on the Supper Table, Queen's Ball, Halifax 
Date: 18 January 1785
Reference no.: Almon Scrapbook Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 14 

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Nova Scotia Museum scan 200402286
Sign from the Stag Inn, Preston 
Date: 1840s
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Museum 34-211 

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Miscellaneous Manuscripts scan 201313926
Poster for Picnic at McNab's Island 
Date: 1847
Reference no.: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Nova Scotia Archives MG 100 vol. 1 no. 45 (microfilm 786) 

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Fader scan 199900017
"Faders Bros. Market, 8-10 Bedford Row, Halifax, N.S., 1885" 
Date: 1885
Reference no.: Fader Nova Scotia Archives 1972-21 no. 24 

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Fader scan 199900018
"J. A. Leaman & Co., 8-10 Bedford Row, Halifax, N.S., formerly owned by Faders Bros., 1890" 
Date: 1890
Reference no.: Fader Nova Scotia Archives 1972-21 no. 25 

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Library scan 200300062
"The Mayflower Stoves and Ranges" 
Date: ca. 1896
Reference no.: Library Nova Scotia Archives VF vol. 135 no. 32 

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W.L. Bishop scan 200300091
View of fish drying on flakes, Lunenburg 
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: W.L. Bishop Nova Scotia Archives 1983-240 104 

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Dunlop scan 200803937
Two Women Cooking Over a Campfire 
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Dunlop Nova Scotia Archives 1992-398 no. 15 negative N-2488 

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Dunlop scan 200803938
Man Cooking Fish Over a Campfire 
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Dunlop Nova Scotia Archives 1992-398 no. 20 

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Edith Read scan 201313927
"Nass family picnic, The Deep Cove Picnic, Chester, August 1904" 
Date: August 1904
Reference no.: Edith Read Nova Scotia Archives 1996-78 no. 94 negative N-10077 

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Buckley Family scan 200805740
Interior of a general store, Guysborough, N.S. 
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 41 negative N-7252 

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Buckley Family scan 200805875
Engineers in mess tent, Guysborough, N.S. 
Reference no.: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 177 

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Buckley Family scan 200806126
First prize Edith N. Cooking for girls under 16, Guysborough County Exhibition 
Date: September 1915
Reference no.: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 429 

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Buckley Family scan 200806240
Group cooking in woods 
Reference no.: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 562 

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Buckley Family scan 200806299
Miss Tomkins and hens, Guysborough, N.S. 
Date: ca. 1917
Reference no.: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives 1985-386 no. 627 

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