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John Karolefski, author of the blog Grocery Stories at:
has written a book about grocery shopping. He had requested a quote from me about about chips -- their place in snack history, their popularity, etc.
I had provided him with a quote that I will disclose once his book is published.
Here is that quote!
"Potato chips are more American than apple pie. Compare the shelf space allotted to potato chips and apple pie in your local grocery store"
On Novemeber 19th 2019, I spoke to the New York Capital Region Elfuns Club at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park NY, on the History of the Potato Chip.
The club consists of mostly retired General Electric employees.
The Toga Chip Guy Is On The Air!
I have been interviewed about the history of the potato chip by a California based radio station, Yesterday USA Radio Networks, at 10:30pm New York time on Saturday, September 14th.
A very rare find: Donald Trump advertisement for Lays Potato Chips, Doritos, Tostitos, and Ruffles. This card was included in one of the above four Frito Lay products in 200/2001. Since it was a contest to win cash, most of these cards were thrown away.
Herr's potato chip paper advertising sign of Chipper's chalkboard.
Boy Resting in Wagon with Bag of Laura Scudder's Potato Chips / May 1959
Here are 3 great old cartoons from Chipper magazine, all about potato chips!
1946 Chip Queen!
Riegel Chips Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Chipper Convention in Hawaii
Japanese Themed Chipper Dinner, July 1959
Antique Potato Chip Machine
Unloading Potatoes To Make The Chips.
A potato truck from North Dakota unloads it’s contents at the Better Made Chip Plant circa 1980
Several Chip Bags that serve as examples of the growing “Cottage Potato Chip Industry” c. 1987
Another contributor to the worlds largest bag of potato chips at the 2003 Ohio State Fair, The Shearer’s Potato Chip Plant is pictured above. Judging by the vehicles the image was probably taken in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.
Jone’ Family potato chips, with family and partners pictured here from 1965, was still going strong as a collaborator at the 2003 Ohio State fair in 2003, helping to fill the largest bag of potato chips!
The Humko Companies 87’ yacht, docked on Lake Michigan was the company’s pride when it caught fire and sank. It was later replaced. Humko was a company that supplied shortening to the potato chip industry for cooking it’s products.
As the snack food industry grew, automation became more important.
Top: Automated potato peeler that made the old “KP duty” less of a chore. Such machines took much of the hard work away from preparing meals along with prepping potatoes for the process of making Potato Chips!
Bottom: A man works at a machine making fortune cookies, another laborious task, until the time of automation!
Both images from The Seattle Times, Sunday, May 6, 1956
A group of people about to enjoy some Kacy Jones Chips.
Morton’s Potato Chip Van and Texas State Fair Display from 1940 - postcard.
Back of postcard from 1940 Texas Sate Fair, depicting Morton’s Potato Chip Van and display.
Chips in hand! 3 young ladies strolling with a bag of chips.
In this interior view of an unknown grocery store in Sandusky, Ohio, the container on the right that was holding Dernell’s GoldenCrisp Potato Chips stated that they were “always reliable.”
Quincy Maid Potato Chip Co.
Top photo: man loading potatoes into a machine. Quincy, IL Circa 1950s.
Bottom photo: woman filling potato chip bags.
Gordon Foods, Inc.
Potato chip factory (Sylvan Road, SW), Atlanta, Georgia 1958
Lay’s Potato Chip Billboards
Here are a couple of vintage billboards from Lay’s Potato Chips
Jake's Potato Chips
Drennon Food Products Company Building and Ttrucks, Atlanta, Georgia, 1950
Photos of Associated Products and Distribution
at its Samboy Chip Factory, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia, 1979
Man wearing white overalls and hat standing at conveyor belt, cutting potatoes passing along on the belt --
Women sitting at a conveyor belt sorting through chipped potatoes which are passing in front of them from a chipping machine --
Two men moving a trolley holding rolls of plastic bags --
Factory floor with large machinery, some with rolls of plastic bags passing over rollers, man standing at one machine --
Man in white overalls standing next to rollers holding plastic bags labelled potato chips --
Elevated view of room full of women filling boxes with packaged potato chips, a conveyor belt of empty boxes in front of them --
Women boxing packets of potato chips.
Gordon Potato Chips factory in Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1940's
Potato Processing Machine
Woman boxing cooked chips
Women bagging cooked potato chips
Man at potato cooking machine
Award presented at Gordon's foods display winner, July 1965
Lay's Potato Chip Bus
"The Lay Line" (bus with Lay's Potato Chips and other food products displayed)" 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
1943. WOMEN WORKERS SORTING DEHYDRATED POTATO CHIPS AT A CITY FOOD STORE PROCESSING PLANT.
Photograph of Millard Teal Sr. (left) and Millard 'Tom' Teal Jr. (right)
Standing outside of their business, Teal Distribution Company, in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1939. The building's address was 1428 Cowart Street. Also in front of the building is General Motors truck. Advertised on the store are Gardner Potato Chips, Lays Pop Corn, and Weston Biscuits.
Interior view of a dairy foods vendor at the Home Public Market
Denver, Colorado; shows glass display cases, shoppers, neon signs and showcards: "Katrinka's Butter Shops Co." "NRA We Do Our Part" and "Potato Chip Factory." Circa 1930's
1951 Musser's Potato Chip Display in Lancaster County Pennsylvania
Teenage Boy Scouts
eating Klein's potato chips onboard a small vessel on the Mississippi River, Minnesota, circa 1950
Louisiana MO Street View
Store Fronts, Old Cars, Kas Potato Chip Truck
St. Francis KS Groceries Meat Store "Kitty Clover Potato Chip Popcorn Truck", circa 1907-15
Washing & Drying Of Chips Prior To The Frying Step
circa 1980 - This process is still used to ensure a chips crispiness!
O.K. Potato Chips - Largo Fla.
circa 1984 - Checking The Production Line In The Factory
Cabana Foods Potato Chip Company Detroit
circa 1987 - Plant Manager Inspecting Fresh Chips
Downey Potato Chips - Waterford, MI
circa 1988 - Mac, Rosemary, & Rebecca Hogarth, owners of the Downet Potato Chip Company, inspect their product.
circa 1980 - An Essential Part Of The Potato Chip Making Process.
Kitch’n Cooked Chips From Hawaii
circa 1977 - A Small Chip Company From Hawaii That Is Still Going Strong Today!
Designer Potato Chips
circa 1987 - 4 Flavors Of Chips Available From The Chicago Based Chip Company.
Lips Chips - Southern California
circa 1980 - First Open Kettle Made Chip In California In Over 50 Years! Designer Bag Brought $1.50 For A 4 Ounce Bag In 1980!
New Era Potato Chip Company
circa 1978 - Picking Out Dark Chips From The Assembly Line.
Lay’s Potato Chips
circa 1971 - Watching Individually Portions bags Roll Off The Assembly Line
Sitting On Potato Sacks
circa 1952 - This Employee Of A Potato Chip Company Sits On An Empty Stack Of Potato Sacks Eating Her Fill Of Chips. There Was a Shortage Of Potatoes In The Early 50’s.
Pick - n - Pay Potato Chips
Working on the bagging line circa 1965.
Nalley’s Potato Chips
The photo below shows 3 line workers sorting chips at the Nalley’s Potato Chip plant circa 1963.
Larry E. Burch
Executive Vice President of the Potato Chip Institute International circa 1976.
Even Governors Eat Chips!
Wisconsin Governor Kohler celebrates the approach of National Potato Chip Week with two young ladies circa 1952
CHIPS ON THE BEACH!
Potato Chipper Aug. - Sept. 1964
CHIPS IN A TENT!
Potato Chipper Oct. 1964
UNKNOWN STORE IN SANDUSKY OHIO
Note the container on the right that was holding Dernell’s GoldenCrisp Potato Chips saying that they were “always reliable.”
WORLD’S LARGEST CHIP
Potato Chipper July, 1972
CHIPPER MAGAZINE COVER
Potato Chipper Aug., 1972
IRISH CHIPS FROM TAYTO
Potato Chipper April, 1971
CHIPPER MAGAZINE COOK OFF!
Potato Chipper Feb., 1965