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hellLos Angeles Times, December 25, 1901. Anthropomorphic foodstuffs are always uncanny and upsetting on some level, but this is simply a vision of hell. And yet it was published for popular amusement in a family newspaper on the first Christmas morning of the 20th century.

The immediate point is that Mince Pie America was a far tougher-minded place than Apple Pie America. There were up-sides and down-sides to this, but I’ll come back to that later.

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