History of Creamed Chipped Beef (a.k.a. S.O.S.)?

Did anyone else out there grow up on creamed chipped beef (also known as cream dried beef and sh$t on a shingle)? I know from my WWII veteran grandfather that it was notorious army food, and I suspect that it became mainstream in WWII and Depression-era America as a cheap way to stretch out the rations...there seems to be a tie to Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, too...but beyond that I can't seem to trace its origin. I've included a basic recipe below for anyone who hasn't yet tried it. It's one of my favorite comfort foods--dried beef cooked in a bechamel sauce and served over toasted bread or potatoes. It's not exactly a "looker," but it's super easy, cheap, and incredibly filling!


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