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Posted 3 years ago


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Why would a young woman artist label her calligraphic dove with the cryptic phrase "Eat Less Wheat" ?

I am not sure which land fight, crop failure, state line or health concern motivated a young woman named Angel to produce this piece of art, but it does add a bit of mystery to the drawing. I do know whatever it was took place in the mid to late 19th century, and the wheat shaft being consumed by an insect might provide a clue to the solution. Maybe it is that little bugger who should eat less.

19th Century original Calligraphic Dove with message "Eat Less Wheat" by Angel Carnegessi. Collection Jim Linderman

A question from Dull Tool Dim Bulb the daily Art Blog by Jim Linderman


  1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
    before ww1, there was a campaign to eat less wheat in order to provide england, france, belgium w/ more wheat since they were all fighting and couldn't grow their own.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    An early form of gluten intolerance? Is it a cuckoo? Perhaps not, but I think that this is a position that was encouraged by patriotic groups during times of war. I remember seeing this slogan on WWI posters. Can we be certain that this is a nineteenth century item?
  3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
    is this piece from indiana?
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Just to add another note or two:
  5. JimLinderman JimLinderman, 3 years ago
    GREAT stuff everyone. Thanks so much! Jim Linderman
  6. epson233 epson233, 3 years ago
    thanks for posting jim -- interesting reading and net sites

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