We hardly think of pears as rare or exotic fruits anymore, but in 1914 it was a big deal when a refrigerated train car rolled up filled to the brim with pears.
To stock bomb shelters with food in the event of a nuclear attack, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture developed "Nebraskits," compressed wheat biscuits formulated to satisfy a person's nutritional needs for at least two weeks. The Division of Nebraska Resources newsletter, Nebraska on the March, sang the praises of Nebraskits: "The rations have a long shelf life, are ready to eat and are palatable to all age groups." The shape was later changed to look more like a conventional cracker, and other varieties were produced.
Six girls and their bemused-looking chaperone pose in a pennant-bedecked room, possibly at York College (York, Nebraska) in about 1910.
Many food historians trace the origins of fudge to the dormitories of Ivy League colleges in the mid-1880s. The earliest written account of the treat appears in a letter written in 1886 by a young woman from Vassar.