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How did the pasta in the first half of the twentieth century

Pasta is perhaps the most popular Italian dish originated in Sicily in the XII century. For a long time it remained a food for the rich and privileged, and only in the XVIII century, industrial production has turned the paste into the main cheap product for most Italians. Mass immigration of Italians to America in the early twentieth century helped pasta to gain huge popularity outside of Italy and become a national Italian dish.

However, until the late 50’s, many had no clue about how it is done, and even believed that pasta grows on trees. We invite you to see how really looked like pasta production in the years 1925-1955, not only in Italy but also in UK, USA and even in the USSR.

Work hanging the pasta to dry at a factory in Italy, 1932.

1932.

Chef makes fresh pasta at King Bomba, one of the largest stores of Italian delicatessen in SOHO, London, 1939.

The worker at the macaroni factory in Russia.

Zelda Albano cuts spaghetti factory in Holloway, London, 1955.

The Atlantic Macaroni Company worker hanging out spaghetti for drying at a factory in long island city, new York, 1943.

Spaghetti drying on a factory of pasta in Italy.

Approximately 1955.

Factory workers paste.

Young factory workers endure the pasta out to dry in the yard, 1929.

1929.

1929.

Pasta is dried in a factory in Naples, Italy, circa 1925.

Circa 1925.

1928.

The Italian factory worker bends dried spaghetti using a stick, 1932.

Spaghetti dried on the beach Amalfi coast, Italy, 1949.

Pasta hung drying on the market.

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