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Character of the Week: Jolly Green Giant

Feb 28, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  5 Comments

Born in 1925, the Jolly Green Giant represents The Minnesota Valley Canning Company.  That year, the company introduced to a new variety of pea in Europe.  These peas were much larger than the ones grown in America, and were very flavorful.  The canning company applied for a trademark for the new pea, which was to

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The Morton Salt Umbrella Girl

Oct 24, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

In 1848, a new salt merchant company called Richmond & Company, was formed in Chicago, Illinois. Initially sales agents for Onondaga Salt, the company grew and became a manufacturer.  In 1899, Joy Morton acquired a major interest in the business, and the company name was changed to Joy Morton & Company.  The business was incorporated

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Piggies in a Blanket

Apr 18, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

You haven’t lived until you’ve had Piggies in a blanket. The flip side of that is, if you have Piggies in a blanket too much, you may not live too long. Way before everyone was aware of the perils of fat, salt, cholesterol and nitrates, “Piggies” were in the regular rotation in my Mother’s supper

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