|Bananas used in a variety of ways|
Bananas in the Modern Manner, 1930
Welcome to the supplemental blog post for Episode 16 - That Old Banana Magic! Banana availability during WWII for Americans was a bit of a roller coaster. When they couldn't get fresh, other alternative products were available to them in the form of powdered, dried, and flaked bananas as well as banana flavoring. Due to American obsession with bananas starting in the 1920s-30s, they came up with all sorts of ways to include this nutritious fruit into their diet whether using it as a fruit, starch, or vegetable.
Enjoy the interesting resources I found during my research!
To check out the Vintage Banana Tuesdays series I did on HISTORY: Preserved click the link HERE:
First up is the classic song "Yes! We Have No Bananas" by Sam Lanin, 1923.
|Sheet music cover for |
"Yes! We Have No Bananas", 1923
Next, here's a fun one you may not have heard before: "I've Never Seen a Straight Banana" by The Columbians, 1927.
|Banana Cart, NYC, 1902|
|Longshoreman transferring bananas|
New York, New York
|Shop with Bananas|
|Soda jerker flipping ice cream into malted milkshakes|
(bananas in background)
Corpus Cristi, Texas, 1939
|Bananas...how to serve them|
Yes! We Have No Bananas, 1923
Or if you prefer to hear it from The Muppets…
The Dark History of Bananas
Chiquita Banana commercial (1940s)
United Fruit Company 1940s Banana Production Film (A somewhat rosy view. Go to time stamp 10:06 to see how the banana plant grows)
1930s Iced Banana Cake
Going Bananas: United Fruit Ripened in WWII
They Became Banana Boats (U.S. Naval Institute)
The Seldom Taught History of the Banana Wars (showing that things weren’t quite as rosy as newspapers made them out to be) (No citation of sources, so read with a grain of salt)
Longshoreman transferring bananas, 1941-42
Shop with bananas, Missouri 1906
Soda jerker flipping ice cream into malted milkshakes, Texas 1939
Yes! We Have No Bananas sheet music cover