Eat What You Want Day!

May 11 is “Eat What You Want Day.” What does that mean? Well, it means for one day you can forget your diet and, health permitting, treat yourself to a favorite food. Today, you can say “Yes-Yes” to that slice of cheesecake or that mile-high burger and say “No-No” to them tomorrow.

It’s important to note that it’s not intended as an eat-as-much-as-you-want-day. Rather, it’s to eat something you otherwise wouldn’t. Maybe you want to eat just a small amount of that treat. But make it a treat.

Personally, when I think of a treat, cake is the first thing that comes to mind. Thanks to the AHC’s Digital Collections database, there is no shortage of images. To whet the appetite of fellow cake lovers, I present a photo of the interior of Laramie’s beloved Home Bakery.

In this photograph of Laramie’s Home Bakery, a customer could not only treat themselves to a delicious cake, but choose from cookies, pies, and more! Photo taken in December 1924.
Box 6, Negative No. 11709.2A, Ludwig & Svenson Studio Photographs, Collection No. 167, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

This lovely and intricate cake was made in honor of an April 1928 wedding reception for photographer Hugo Janssen and his wife Jessie. Unsuspecting cake lovers may have been disappointed, however. The cake was made of wood by A. E. Longfellow, who managed American Telephone in Lovell, Wyoming.

Wooden model of wedding cake for Hugo and Jessie Janssen’s wedding reception in Lovell, Wyoming, April 1928.
Box 2, Folder 24, Hugh G. Janssen Photographs, Collection No. 11712, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

A cake on wheels? I don’t think I can run that fast. How did the driver see out the window? Members of the Theta Eta chapter of Delta Delta Delta “baked” the cake for the University of Wyoming’s Homecoming parade in 1936. The Tri Delta sorority has part of the UW community since 1913.

A mobile birthday cake sponsored by the Theta Eta chapter of Delta Delta Delta, Homecoming Parade in Laramie, November 5, 1936.
Box 119, Samuel H. Knight papers, Collection No. 400044, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Why should cake be limited to humans? That’s what Topper seems to be saying. Topper was the horse ridden by childhood hero Hopalong Cassidy, aka William S. Boyd, “the good guy in the black hat.” Topper remained Boyd’s favorite horse because he was a trustworthy not only with Boyd but also with children who would sometimes pull on his mane and other such things. Topper lived to a ripe old age of 26 years of age. Perhaps treating yourself to cake once in a while isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Fans loved Topper as much as they did Hopalong Cassidy, ca. 1950.  
Box 115, Folder 2, William Boyd papers, Collection No. 8038, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Deep Thought for the Day: “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four, unless there are three other people. ” — Oscar Wilde

Post contributed by AHC Simpson Archivist Leslie Waggener.


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