Flesh Prices

The purpose of this graphic was to show how high the price of meat was during the 1870 Siege of Paris. But what I find odd about it is the inclusion of elephant and bear meat, which apparently were on sale during the siege and had a set price. So if you wanted an elephant steak, it would have cost you 15 shillings (or $3.60) a pound. Assume that the modern currency equivalent would be a lot higher.

Source: Illustrated World, April 1918.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 27, 2015
     Category: Food | Nineteenth Century

Duck looks to be the most expensive at 131? But, there's a lot more you can do with duck than eat it.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/27/15 at 10:01 AM
They ate what was in the Paris Zoo, which explains the elephant.
Posted by Bill the Splut on 01/27/15 at 11:43 AM
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/27/15 at 11:57 AM
Times were awful during the siege of the 1870 war. I was given assignment at university reading short stories by French author Alphonse Daudet, alive during the period of the war. Daudet set some stories in that period and they are good descriptors of the hardships endured by the French.
Posted by KDP on 01/27/15 at 12:59 PM
If you look at the Wikipedia article that's cited, you'll see a most interesting menu.
Posted by ges on 01/27/15 at 01:11 PM
A rat for one and nine? 'At's a bargain, guv!

What? No grenouille au chocolat? I like mine crunchy: "We use only the finest baby frogs, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope, and lovingly frosted with glucose."
Posted by tadchem on 01/27/15 at 02:44 PM
(Holding my ears) Lalalala I can't hear you! (Baby frogs ICK! How could you do that to chocolate?!) :sick:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/27/15 at 04:45 PM
I'd prefer an "Anthrax Ripple" if you please.
Posted by KDP on 01/27/15 at 05:47 PM
@Tadchem, You don't even take the bones out? 😖 :coolhmm:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/27/15 at 08:36 PM
If you took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy, would it?
Posted by puptentacle on 01/28/15 at 12:54 AM
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/28/15 at 08:04 AM
I prefer "Spring Surprise", myself.
Posted by Kyle Morgan on 01/28/15 at 12:09 PM
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