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Jul 7, 2009 07:45 AM

Food Memorabilia

Inspired by the food/drink clothing thread



I wonder what “ya’ll” have in the way of food memorabilia?

The coolest thing I have is a bowl and plate set from Cheerios. It has pictures of those Cheerios Kids from the old ads. They were my favorite dishes as a kid.

I also have a weighted cat bowl with Morris the cat. (That was DJ’s favorite bowl.


What else is out there packed away in your cupboards?

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  1. Fun idea!

    I'm a Coca-Cola lover, even though I make a conscious choice not to drink very much of it anymore (I get plenty of sugar from other sources, no worries). I have lots of Coke goodies including:
    - the Coca-Cola polar bear phone in which the iceberg lights up and the bears skate around in the circle when the phone rings (the cat used to get a big kick out of that when the phone was hooked up)
    - a giant Coke umbrella for the patio table
    - Coca-Cola polar bear checks
    - a soft-pack Coke cooler
    - glasses
    - socks (back to the other thread!) with a skating Coca-Cola polar bear on it from World of Coke in LV!

    Beyond Coke, my favorite food-related gadget is my Dairy Queen cone a la Mr. Potato Head. Like Mr. PH, Mr. Cone used to have two faces--one happy and one that looks like, "Oh, $#*+, now what?!!!" In my print production days, I used to change his face based on how the day was going. The happy face didn't get as much use, sad to say. But even sadder (or funnier, really), somewhere along the line, I LOST his happy face altogether, so now he's stuck in "Oh, $#*+!" mode, poor guy. The banana split has wheels and seemed to entertain people's kids when they visited me at work.

    Not to leave the real kattyeyes (April a.k.a. Queenie) out of the discussion, her dish is not food memorabilia per se, but does have a touch of Americana and whimsy seems to fit in here.

    - My kitchen with Coca-Cola arrow pointing in general direction of fridge and Coke dishtowel (I have handtowels, too
    )- Mr. DQ Cone and Ms. Banana Split (I think they've gotta "thing" goin' on!)
    - April Katt's food dish

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        Katty -
        Thanks so much for posting your pics!
        I absolutely love the "Oh S#*+" faced cone!!!! AND your cool cat bowl!..

        The only food memorabilia items that I have are a few Welchs jelly jar/juice glasses from the '70s. They all have the Archies on them - which I loved as a kid!

        1. re: NellyNel

          NellyNel, I remember those jelly jar glasses. My Uncle Al had a bunch of them for us when we were kids. They went through the dishwasher enough times I think the pictures had ebbed away and am sure they are long gone now. We also had the McDonald's glasses with Mayor McCheese, Grimace and The Hamburglar. :)

      2. My husband (age 62) still has his old Roy Rogers cereal bowl. Although it does not specifically mention a brand of cereal, it was something that you ordered from the cereal company -- you know, send in so many box tops plus money, and.....

        My daughter (age 29) will not let me part with a stainless steel Nestle's Quick spoon, meant for stirring chocolate milk. It had the NQ bunny on the top.

        Coca Cola memorabilia is very collectible. I think there are a lot of people out there who saved McDonald's Happy Meal chatchkas thinking that they might be collectible (read "valuable") some day. For me, the value of the item is the memory value, not the monetary value.

        1. A collection of dinner menus from the Atlantic crossing I made with my parents in 1966 on the S.S. United States. The food they served was amazing -- I had Beluga caviar at EVERY meal. (I was 16, and my first taste of the stuff our first night at sea hooked me.)

          1. Interesting question… Food memorabilia. Let me think…

            If there’s no limit on how far back in time we can go, I have a blue and white “crockery” dinner plate with a picture of the white house on it taken long before the Truman Balcony (or whoever’s) that was given free with flour sometime in the later 19th century that my great grandmother collected. She had service for 20 (She baked a lot!), and this plate is the last survivor of a set that had everything. I remember the dishes spread across the table for Thanksgiving at her house when I was three.

            Mustard jars and crocks! A very pretty hand painted small white one with a place in the lid for a mustard spoon. I think the French company that makes it still sells them, but mine’s probably a half century old. A delft crock with a hand painted windmill on it now used to store cooking utensils. And a whole bunch of Pommery Mustard crocks. They also make good utensil jars.

            Also a bunch of what I now use for mis en place that originally came packed with pate all the way from Germany. I wish I could find a store around here that sells the pate. I need more small bowls and these are perfect! The pate wasn’t too shabby either.

            Three lovely Jackson’s of Piccadilly “tin” tea caddies, two of which still have a bit of tea in them. Three “Queen’s Biscuits” cookie tins that are quite charming. Three very large (five pound) crockery canisters that came filled with Christmas biscotti and though made in China, look like they’re from Tuscany. They hold flour and sugar and one sits empty. A smallish cookie canister from Knott’s Berry Farm foods. A charming Chinese blue and white porcelain temple jar that came filled with chocolates.

            And my family sized cookie jar that says it’s the “Oreo Bakery.” Shaped like a little bake shop, with the roof shingled with Oreo cookies. Everyone loves it. An Oreo Christmas promotion a few years back.

            Oh… And a whiskey decanter that came filled with whiskey (good stuff, but I don’t remember what brand) that was a 1967(8?) Christmas present to my first husband from Howard Hughes, when we lived in Las Vegas. Hughes wanted my husband as his chief air traffic controller for an international jet port he was planning for Vegas. Ron didn’t accept the job, but we drank the booze!

            Menus menus menus from ALL of the great hotel dining rooms and shows that packed the Las Vegas strip during the Rat Pack years. I keep thinking of decoupaging a folding screen with them, but I don’t know where I’d put the screen.

            God, I have a bunch of junk! Amazing. The sad part? My kids don’t have an inkling of the history behind any of it. It’s gonna be dumpster food!

            13 Replies
            1. re: Caroline1

              Is your whiskey decanter a train? My husband has one. He adores it. I think it is from the 60's.

              Do you use your mustard crocks?

              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                The whiskey decanter is a rather classic shape with a round "stopper" that sits on top of the pouring neck. It's glass, but treated with a "luster" creamy gold very reminiscent of luster ware from the Great Depression. It's rather attractive. Mr. Hughes did have good taste. I suspect he probably gave away a couple of cases of them that year.

                Most of the mustard crocks are in use. The delft has a collection of colorful '60s nylon spoons in it, while the Pommery mustard crocks hold my whisks and another one has a fairly large collection of lacquer and bamboo chopsticks, plus a couple at the back of the cupboard waiting for me to figure out how to use them.

                1. re: Caroline1

                  How about using one for collecting from your kitchen for the compost pile. I have been casually searching for one to fit by the sink and think that would be perfection.

                  If you do that of course.

              2. re: Caroline1

                Caroline, I will happily take all that "dumpster food" off your hands ;) You should think about a bequest to the Smithsonian (or at least Wynn Las Vegas...) for some of your "junk"! Sounds like a lot of history there...
                My favorite food memomrabilia: A collection of original Matson Line menu covers from when they sailed to Hawaii. These are the real thing, not repros, bought at a garage sale in Oakland from a couple who used to sail there frequently. They were 25 cents apiece and we bought all six. We also have a coca-cola sign that someone was THROWING AWAY. It's metal and was either part of a panel truck or a barn-side billboard. It shows a sixpack of bottles held in a wood (?) crate supported by a handle that looks like an old paint can or bucket carrier. It's about 9 feet tall by 4 ft. wide. We also have a collection of old swizzle stix from airlines (Branniff, Eastern, PSA, Pan-Am) and more bar crap (Like inflatable oversize seagrams bottles...) and decanters and funky old cocktail naps w/ silly cartoons on them then you can shake a stick at. E-BAY here we come!! adam

                1. re: adamshoe

                  I love swizzle sticks! I came back from Hawaii with a great collection that horrified my grandmother, maybe because I was 8. Unfortunately, I don't know what happened to them.

                  1. re: adamshoe

                    Ah, the swizzle sticks! I plum forgot! I have the Eastern, Pan-AM and I think Piedmont sticks.

                    Also, I keep a National Premium "church key" on my keyring.

                    1. re: cuccubear

                      My dad collected those! I found them in a box along with a mile high club card. There was a lot I did not know about him...

                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                        Please tell me "a mile high club card" had a different interpretation when your dad flew the friendly skies. ;) The one I know of only has bragging rights, no card.

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          I so wish I could remember which box I stuffed my dad's stuff into. I would take a pic and post it. I cannot remember the airliner but it said something like Mile High Club Charter Member and had a woman's signature on the bottom. I could not decide whether I was more repulsed that he had that (while being married to my poor mom) or that he seemed to have carried it around in his wallet. It was in his wallet and well tattered. Ugh. The wallet was at the bottom of the box where I found the Sambo tokens and some other strange stuff. Note to self: Clean out personal effects that might make people think less of me after I die, Jeesh.

                          1. re: Sal Vanilla

                            I'm sorry--that reminds me of Six Feet Under where Nate discovers all sorts of things about his dad after his death (that customers bartered for funerals with pot, that dad had his own apartment with a Moody Blues record on the turntable, etc.). It IS a great reminder to get rid of certain mementos (or hide them well so your secrets are preserved). YIPES!

                            On a lighter note, we used to head to Sambo's for a snack between double sessions of roller skating when we were in junior high.

                      2. re: cuccubear

                        Huh, I forgot that somewhere up in the attic is my airline silverware collection, back when they gave you real Airline logo embossed silverware. Swiss Air was the coup de grace.

                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                          I have some Finnair cutlery with a nice design.

                          1. re: Glencora

                            After living in Finland for five years I have a 10 place setting of Finnair cutlery.

                  2. I have:
                    a Sambo figurine and a few Sambo's coffee tokens
                    Ration tickets for sugar from WWII.
                    Saltine tin from the 60's
                    Howdy doody Lunch box and cookie jar as well as Star wars, Peanuts and U.S. Space Corps. luch boxes/ pails with their thermoses.
                    All sorts of cartoon juice glasses from the 60's and 70's I think some of them were smuckers jelly jars that you then used as juice glasses. I could be wrong.

                    I do not know if this qualifies as memorabilia, but over the years I have collected piles of old foreign food tins and boxes. I thought I would save them for my kids, but I do not have any! So I have been using them to package gifts for dear friends when the gift is food related. They always love the box or tin more than the gift and it pleases me endlessly to see them love it - and sometimes display it in their house.

                    Yep, just another dumb Sal food story...


                    It is not food, but you put it in your mouth. I have A "Prince Albert in a Can" tin. I found it at a garage sale. I adore it. It reminds me of prank calling of my youth.

                    My mom has old schilling spice tins with spice still in them on her spice rack ready to use. But that is a story for a different thread.

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                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                      " I have A "Prince Albert in a Can" tin. I found it at a garage sale. I adore it. It reminds me of prank calling of my youth." Sal, Is your refrigerator running? ;) adam

                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                        Prince Albert has climbed out of the can. The Prologue to the Tour de France was held in Monaco, and Prince Albert officially welcomed the Tour and got things underway. And the whole damned time trial, I kept thinking about "Prince Albert in a can." Wonder if he ever feels threatened about being "canned?" '-)