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Current Events!

Listen To The New History Channel Podcast

After appearing in several episodes of The History Channel's Series "The Food That Built America", I have now been prominently featured in an associated podcast.

Please visit The ACast Site to listen!


Read The Article About Me In Saratoga Today Entitled "Who: Alan Richer, The Toga Chip Guy"

This article was just published today, April 2nd, It starts on Page 3.

Click here to read!


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Watch the latest episode of the History Channel's "The FoodThat Built America "that aired on Natational Potato Chip Day, March 14. Featuring the history of Herman Lay and then rival Fritos!

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John Karolefski, author of the blog Grocery Stories at:
 
https://www.grocerystories.com/ 

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"


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Recent Events

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.


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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.  
Listen here!

KING COLE POTATO CHIPS
Established 1918

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All photos below are Courtesy of South Portland (Maine) Historical Society.

Letterhead from King Cole Associates
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John Hayes next to an excavating shovel at the construction site on March 16, 1947. One of a collection of photos showing various stages in the construction of the King Cole potato chip manufacturing facility on Cash Street in South Portland, Maine, in 1947.
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John Hayes pointing at a signboard proclaiming "new home of King Cole Potato Chips". Photo dated April 6, 1947. One of a collection of photos showing various stages in the construction of the King Cole potato chip manufactuing facility on Cash Street in South Portland, Maine, in 1947.
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King Cole Potato Chip Company, 609 Main Street, South Portland, Maine
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King Cole Potato Chip Company, 609 Main Street, South Portland, Maine
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King Cole Foods, Cash Street, South Portland, Maine with truck and delivery van 1948
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George E. Brume with the King Cole sponsored race car, a modified 1950s coupe, in West Buxton, Maine
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Cellophane bag for King Cole Ripples potato chips. (Front and Back Photos)
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King Cole potato chip can, cardboard carton, cylindrical, 20 oz.capacity. King Cole Foods, South Portland, Maine
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Images Below Courtesy of Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library,University of Maine,Orono, ME
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