03 Shirley Temple Likes Milk

Shirley Temple Likes Milk: Soon after they became commonplace, school cafeterias became yet another place for schoolchildren (like these 1936 young ‘uns) to absorb lessons—or propaganda, depending on who you’re asking. Kids are still being exposed to it. “They traditionally would hang posters and homemade slogans that were very didactic about food and nutrition,” Levine says. “Then, by the ’60s and ’70s, the food-service companies and corporate brands would send their posters to schools, and they’d put those up on cafeteria walls so that the brands were visible. Eventually school nutritionists sued.”