Skinless frankfurtersSpecial Collections, National Agricultural Library

History buffs and frugalistas alike will enjoy this exhibition of old food posters from World Wars I and II, on view at the National Agricultural Library until September 10, then moving over to the USDA building. Created by Cory Bernat, the posters preach everything from the virtues of canning and meat alternatives, to the sins of wasting food: all good advice in today’s challenging economic climate.

Check out the earnest, well-meaning, and frequently wacky propaganda the government put out during this tumultuous time in our country’s past.

Like skinless frankfurters — the no-waste food! We’re not sure how much hot-dog casings waste, but … OK. The tips on stale bread remain quite useful: homemade “meat extender” is a big improvement over “pink slime“!