Types of Sandwiches during the Great Depression

During the 1930s of the Great Depression in America where many people had less income or no jobs, what people ate changed. Many new food products introduced such as boxed macaroni and cheese were now inexpensive. But also quick on-the-go foods became more popular. That was especially true of sandwiches, all types of sandwiches, now eaten at lunch or for snack and even for dinner.

They were referred to as ‘makeshift sandwiches’. There were butter and sugar sandwiches, onion sandwiches, ketchup sandwiches and raw carrots and salted peanuts sandwiches. Another using nuts were walnuts, mayo and some lettuce on bread. For something that looked different, there were the checkerboard sandwiches, which mixed white bread and whole wheat bread and had sliced cheese, cream cheese or butter on them.

Even what was considered a salad was put between two slices of bread, such as an ambrosia salad sandwich. Another type of sandwich was having fried corn kernels cooked with onions and tomato sauce added to the mix. It was thickened with flour and poured over slices of bread.

Using biscuits, those could be sliced and hot cooked creamed celery was poured over them. Another type of sandwich was using cottage cheese, mayo and shredded carrots. They were put on buttered bread and topped with pickles. Now that was different.

Egg salad sandwiches became popular, but some things just the white of the egg was used the yolk for some other meal.

Yes, these are just a few of the types of sandwiches our ancestors had in the 1930s, many people I’m sure continued with those even in later years.

Photo: Checkerboard Sandwiches with cheese.

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< Return To Blog That's a pic of a fun little sandwich, but awfully time consuming! My dad ate a peanut butter and lettuce sandwich every day. He was a depression kid.
Sara N Martin 17/05/21

See, now you have a better idea of why your father ate a peanut butter and lettuce sandwich. That was another thing, kids raised on that kept with that basic 1930s sandwich. Include the info in your family history.
alice 17/05/21

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