My husband recently spent some time in Minnesota, at the Hormel headquarters, for work. Do you know what is located at the Hormel headquarters? The Spam Museum! He brought me these lovely earrings:

spam earrings

The thought of meat that can be preserved for years in a can is something that makes me feel woozy and amazed at the same time. Kind of disturbing, yet so cool. I’m completely torn. Why is it that preserved vegetables don’t give me the same woozy feeling? In fact, I love canning. That being said, I love the idea that this product was used heavily during World War II, and in all the years since then. It has staying power. I decided to scour my vintage magazines to see if I could find a Spam ad somewhere. I haven’t found one, but I did find all these other food products, many of which are still in use today. Stability. Consistency. Tradition. History. It’s funny that these words are coming to mind when I look at these ads. Anything that has these features is likely to be on my Love It list.

Here come the ads. First up we have Hi-Ho Crackers. Check out the display with the olives in the middle. Yum.

Sunshine Hi-Ho Crackers

Campbell’s Vegetable Soup. Almost a meal in itself.

Campbells Vegetable Soup

Minute Rice. Makes marvelous hustle-up meals. Gotta love the terminology.

Nabisco Shredded Wheat. Baked by National Biscuit Company.

Nabisco Shredded Wheat

Armour Treet. Hmmm. I don’t even know what that is…

Armour Treet

Life Savers. The candy with the hole. Only 5 cents.

Life Savers

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10 Responses to 1949 Food Advertisements

  1. Jan says:

    I’m thinking Armour Treet is kind of like Spam. Yech…

  2. Carol says:

    If you want to see Spam…come to Hawaii. they love it here. they have been eating it since WWII. And if you stay with us you’ll get it one morning for breakfast.

    • Betsy says:

      I’ve heard that there are aisles of the stuff there! We would love to join you for a Spam breakfast in Hawaii!! XX

      • Carol says:

        We would love that too. John, Greg, and Matthew are coming soon and they each paid less than $400 to fly from CA. If you watch you can get a good deal. think about it.

  3. Peggy Larkin says:

    Hi! Those earrings your husband purchased for you are hand made by me at my kitchen table! lol I just completed another 100 pair this weekend! It makes me happy when I see people are enjoying them!

    • Betsy says:

      Peggy, that is so funny! I love the earrings and you did a great job on them. What a small world it is! Now I know who to contact if I ever need to replace them. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. […] show me that we are connected by similar interests, styles, or visions. I recently posted about the Spam earrings my husband brought back from a work trip. We laughed about what a quirky family we are: not many […]

  5. Liberty W says:

    Hey Betsy! Does Peggy have an online shop where can we get a pair? Love them! Thanks for sharing.

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