10 vintage potato chip bags we love



2017-12-22 11:18:12

They don’t taste like they used to. And they don’t look like they used to either. Join us in a nostalgia hit for your tastebuds with our look at 10 vintage potato chip bags (and tins and boxes) we wish were still around.

Blue Bell - 1950s

Scenes of unbridled delight at Blue Bell’s new “BAR.B.Q” flavor. Classic mid-century stylings. The company is still going.

Chesty - 1960s

Bizarre name. Bizarre logo. Somewhat bizarre slogan: “The food it’s fun to eat”.

But hugely popular 50s years ago and hugely popular with collectors today.

Hopalong Cassidy - 1950s

Think TV tie-ins are a modern invention? Not a bit of it. The hit TV show of the 40s and 50s ensured these bags sold by the shed load.

Dan Dee - 1960s

From the 1920s, several companies began putting their chips in tins. This trend had all but died out by the 1970s, although Charles Chips continues to this day.

Dan Dee produced this tin in the early 60s.  The company, founded in 1913, was an early adopter of tins. The chips are still going today, but the tins aren’t.

Mrs Howe’s

Tin shortages in the second world war saw many chip companies turn to cardboard for their packaging.

Mrs Ella Howe began producing her chips in the 1930s. Discontinued in the 1980s, Milwaukee residents remember them fondly.

Pringles - 1960s

Pringles launched in 1967, and went global in 1991. Which means people have been crushing their hands on the brand’s wretched “space-saving pack” for half a century.

Ruffles - 1960s

Ruffles has cornered the market in “crinkle-cut” chips. The firm’s been going strong since the 1950s. This is a beautiful example from the brand’s early days.  

Betty - 1950s

They don’t make potato chip bags like this anymore. Irish-themed Betty is no longer going, sadly. But collectors are keeping the memories alive.

Kerr’s Potato Chips - 1940s

Kerr’s colourful offerings lit up Baltimore in the 1940s. Established in 1885, the company, unfortunately, is no longer with us.

Red Dot - 1960s

Do you remember the Red Dot Clown, Ta-To? No sign of him on this bag.

“Scientifically prepared”. “Dry and crisp as the desert air”. Yes, Red Dot’s marketers have gone for the clinical approach to consumer’s pockets here.

With thanks to chipsandcrisps.com for loads of great info, and eBay and Pinterest for the images

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