See how Jolly Time popcorn used to come in cans

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See how Jolly Time popcorn used to come in cans

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Jolly Time popcorn is an American company that got its start in 1914. Ten years later, they hit on the idea of packaging their popcorn in cans to help seal in freshness so the kernels would pop.

The method worked so well, and the company gained so much momentum — helped in part by some of the celebrity ads you can see below — that Jolly Time is still a popular popcorn brand even a century later. (You can see their current poppin’ treats here!)

Pop Jolly Time (1950)

Quick – easy- never fails – Best you ever ate!

Every kernel so crisp, tender, delicious. No other pop corn like it. Pops like fury and tastes so good. Two kinds – White & Yellow. Guaranteed to please or money back. Ask your grocer for Jolly Time.

Pop Jolly Time (1950)


Jolly Time for Thanksgiving is swell (1950)

For Thanksgiving: Jolly Time Pop Corn – It always pops

No other popcorn like it. So-o-o crisp! Tender! And delicious! At all grocers.

Jolly Time for Thanksgiving is swell (1950)


Ozzie and Harriet and kids for vintage Jolly Time popcorn cans (1950s)

Fun’s a poppin’ when you pop Jolly Time!

NOW YOU CAN pop heaping bowls of delicious pop corn in just a jiffy. Never any unpopped kernels. Never any failures.

It is so easy with JOLLY TIME — the patented pop corn that is guaranteed by Good Housekeeping.

IT’S A SPECIAL KIND — Positively no other like it. Pops like fury every time. Created especially for home popping to give you oodles and oodles of delightfully fluffy, tender, crisp and delicious pop corn.

We seal it air-tight in metal cans to bring it to you fresh-every kernel packed with poppin’ power. One 10 mince can pops enough for an entire party. Try both the While and the

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Ozzie and Harriet and kids for vintage Jolly Time popcorn cans (1950s)


Bob Hope & children have fun popping Jolly Time pop corn in cans (1950s)

“Crisp? Fluffy? Delicious? I’ll say!” – Bob Hope

Like Bob, Linda and Tony Hope — you’ll be delighted with Jolly Time. It’s amazingly quick-popping. . . and every bite is so crisp, fluffy and delicious. No other like it.

Jolly Time is grown from special seed and processed especially for home popping by our patented method. It’s fun to pop … for it always pops so easily and always tastes so good.

TWO KINDS OF JOLLY TIME You’ll like both WHITE and GIANT YELLOW Jolly Time. Both extra lender and tasty . . . both free from hulls and hard centers.

Jolly Time is sealed air-tite in metal cans at the peak of popping perfection. Always fresh, always ready to pop. Wonderful for Halloween fun. Sold by grocers everywhere.

Try it tonight and you’ll know why Jolly Time is America’s favorite pop corn. Guaranteed to Pop — or money back.

Bob Hope for Jolly Time pop corn in cans (1950s)


Arthur Godfrey for Jolly Time Pop Corn (1956)

Arthur Godfrey says: “Pops puff-ect… tastes terrific.”

Pop, pop… every kernel blows its top! And there you are with a brimming bowlful of the tenderest, fluffiest, tastiest puffs of pop corn that ever invited butter and salt! Happens every time — with JOLLY TIME — because it’s always fresh. Sealed in metal cans or in the new foil Handy Pak.

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Arthur Godfrey for Jolly Time Pop Corn (1956)


Popcorn puts more pep in parties! (1955)

Pops fluffy, delicious

Fun to pop – fun to eat! Always so fluffy-tender, delicious. Sealed air-tight in cans – it’s always fresh.

America’s favorite!

Puts more pep in parties! (1955)


Danny Kaye for vintage for Jolly Time canned popcorn

Danny Kaye for vintage for Jolly Time canned popcorn


Light, lively Jolly Time – Pops lighter, fluffier, crispier! (1965)

POPPIN’EST POPCORN you ever tried. Never a popping failure with Jolly Time. It always pops — and so light, fluffy and tender. Really different from any other.

Grown from our exclusive seed strains —processed by our patented method. Every ounce pops into a full quart of the most delicious pop corn ever.

Guaranteed by Good Housekeeping Magazine. Try it soon.

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Jolly Time Pop Corn (1965)


Old Jolly Time popcorn ads (late 1960s)

Why honest-to-goodness pop corn lovers are Jolly Time fanatics!

Costs a bit more — pops a lot more

Vintage Jolly Time popcorn ads (late 1960s)


Vintage Jolly Time popcorn ads (early 1970s)

America’s best low-cost snack — Big treat, no trick

Vintage Jolly Time popcorn ads (early 1970s)

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