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BWCB – Before Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey

If you’re from a small town in my neck of the woods, you’re probably familiar with Taco John’s. This comes from the early days, probably early 1970s, when it was just starting to get going.

Cricket wanted to help.

Taco John's Take Home Menu
Taco John's Menu, Descriptions and Prices
Taco John's Locations to Serve You!

Ration Supper Surprise! (1943)

Knox Wartime Recipes - How to be easy on your ration book

1943
Cheese Mold
Ration Supper Surprise!
Knox Sparkling Gelatine
Charles B. Knox Gelatine Co., Inc. 
Johnstown, N.Y.

Do you have under-par children like High-Strung Helen?

Magazine ad for Ovaltine, circa 1934
Magazine ad for Ovaltine, circa 1934

The History of Ovomaltine, err, Ovaltine

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In the panties of particular people.*

Some of the things I collect are vintage cookbooks and cookbooklets like you still sometimes see while standing in line at the grocery store. In one of them, I found this…

Heinz — In the Pantries of Particular People

*I first read the line in the photo as “in the panties of particular people” and had a very different visual.
Heinz — In the Pantries of Particular People
*I first read the line in the photo as “in the panties of particular people” and had a very different visual.

This is a photo of 60 or so Heinz products found in The Heinz Salad Book. It does not give the year it was printed. According to a couple of online sources, Heinz changed the name of Beefsteak Sauce to 57 Sauce in 1940, so this was probably printed before that. Other sources give the year of the change as 1913, so don’t quote me on any of this. Stupid Internet.

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“I’d punch the copywriter, but…” [shrugs]

If Venus Had Arms — 1911 magazine ad for Kellogg's Toasted Corn Flakes
If Venus Had Arms — 1911 magazine ad for Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes

15 Things You Should Know About ‘Venus de Milo

Were Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Created as an ‘Anti-Masturbatory Morning Meal’?

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So much sugar, it’s almost unbearable.

A back cover Roy Rogers comic book ad for Post Sugar Crisp breakfast cereal from around 1951.
A back cover Roy Rogers comic book ad for Post Sugar Crisp breakfast cereal from around 1951.

This product has gone through a few name changes, from Happy Jax to Sugar Crisp to Super Sugar Crisp to Super Golden Crisp to Golden Crisp.

Bone Shards:

In 2008, Consumer Reports revealed a study that found two cereals that were more than 50% sugar. This was one of them, the other being Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (the one with the frog).

Bears have quite a history of liking the sweet stuff.

The first Ferris wheel was built for Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair by… George W.G. Ferris Jr.

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For Movers and Quakers

I forgot to note the year of this Quaker Oats magazine ad, but the packaging matches those sold in the late 1890s.
I forgot to note the year of this Quaker Oats magazine ad, but the packaging matches those sold in the late 1890s.

“Does this cereal taste great? Who knows? But at least the box is cute.” — Crazy People (1990)

Do you know the difference between Quakers and Shakers?

In 1969, Quaker Oats owned Fisher-Price.

Quaker Oats paid for the production of the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Quaker Oats is currently owned by PepsiCo.

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Maybe your dad could lick mine!

Detail of a magazine ad from the late 1930s for Kellogg's Pep breakfast cereal.
Detail of a magazine ad from the late 1930s for Kellogg’s Pep breakfast cereal.

This is truly one of the best headlines ever written. Perhaps not back when it was originally written and meanings were slightly different, but a masterpiece today.

Magazine ad from the late 1930s for Kellogg's Pep breakfast cereal.
Magazine ad from the late 1930s for Kellogg’s Pep breakfast cereal.

I wonder how much of that Vitamin D came from the milk (or cream – yes, that was a thing back then) they poured on the Pep?

Fun facts: Kellogg’s Pep was the first breakfast cereal fortified with spray-on vitamins.

Kellogg’s Pep cereal was also a mild laxative.

Pep was once known as “the sunshine cereal”.

Ergo, Pep let you fart sunshine.

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Serve them often.

1925 Campbell’s Pork and Beans with Tomato Sauce ad
found in the February 28, 1925 issue of Literary Digest

Joseph A. Campbell III: “We need the perfect word that’ll really get these beans flying off the shelves!”

Tommy Thompson: “How about… ‘digestible’?”

Campbell: “Thompson, my boy, I see a VP title in your future!”

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From the fine people who brought you Oops! I Crapped My Pants.

Whoopsy! Fudge Stripes — Fully Fudged Cookies & Creme
Whoopsy! Fudge Stripes — Fully Fudged Cookies & Creme
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