Potato chips: Look back at 50 years of America’s favorite party snack

Vintage potato chips brands and packaging from the 20th century

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Jane Parker potato chips (1949)

Jane Parker potato chips (1949)


Party favorite for all ages: Potato chips in cellophane (1955)

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Party favorite for all ages Potato chips in cellophane (1955)


Vintage potato chip brands in foil bags (1956)

Laura Scudder’s, Snyder’s potato chips, Williams fancy Saratoga chips & Tom Sawyer rippled potato chips in Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil bags

Potato chips in foil bags (1956)


Vintage Morton chip brands & dips (1967)

Onion & garlic flavored potato ships, Barbeque chips, Waves chips and Morton’s plain potato chips

Vintage Morton chip brands and dips (1967)


Wizard of Oz actor Bert Lahr for Lay’s potato chips

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Bert Lahr for Lay's potato chips - I cannot tell a lie

Bert Lahr for Lay's potato chips - as a devil


Vintage Tater Twists potato snacks (1960s)

Vintage Tater Twists potato snacks (1960s)


Vintage 60s Granny Goose potato chips ad (1961)

Vintage 60s Granny Goose potato chips ad (1961)


Bell vintage potato chip brands (1964)

Bell vintage potato chip brands (1964)


Chipsters potato snacks – The hip chip (1968)

Chipsters potato snacks - The hip chip (1968)


Vintage potato chip bags & potato snacks from the 1970s

Crisp-i-Taters potato chips like French fries (1971)

Crisp-i-Taters potato chips like French fries (1971)


Chipos new-fashioned potato chips (1973)

Chipos new-fashioned potato chips (1973)


Joey Chips – The corny potato chip, from General Mills (1973)

Joey Chips - The corny potato chip, from General Mills (1973)


Vintage Pringles potato chips snacks (1975)

Vintage Pringles potato chips snacks (1975)


Vintage Nabisco Tater Puffs crackers (1975)

Vintage Nabisco Tater Puffs crackers (1975)


Mrs Bumby’s potato chips (c1976)

Mrs Bumby's potato chips (c1976)


Mrs Bumby’s potato chips from dried russet potatoes (1976)

Mrs Bumby's potato chips from dried russet potatoes (1976)


Better Made Special potato chips (1977)

Better Made Special potato chips (1977)


Chipster potato snacks (1977)

Chipster potato snacks (1977)

Retro bag of Wise potato chips (1977)

Retro Wise potato chips (1977)


Vintage potato chip brands from the 1980s

Lay’s potato chip bags on supermarket shelves (1981)

Lay's potato chip bags on supermarket shelves (1981)


Cottage Fries retro potato chips (1984)

Cottage Fries retro potato chips (1984)


Wise natural flavor potato chips (1985)

Wise natural flavor potato chips (1985)


See lots of different potato chip brands at Safeway back in 1987

Potato chip brands shown include: Granny Goose Ripples, Lay’s, 50% Less Salt, O’Grady, Granny Goose Texas Style & Dip Chips, Laura Scudder’s, Lay’s Jalapeno & Cheddar, Granny Goose Hawaiian Chips, Laura Scudder’s barbecue chips, Ruffles Cajun spice chips, Granny Goose Bar-B-Q, Delta Gold Dip-Style Potato Chips, Lay’s Bar-B-Q chips, and Granny Goose Sour Cream & Onion chips

Tortilla chips & other snacks shown include: Mission brand tortilla chips, Laura Scudder’s tortilla chips, Cheetos puffs, Granny Goose Nacho Cheese tortilla chips, Mission tortilla strips, Doritos toasted corn flavor, Mission salsa-flavored restaurant chips, and Laura Scudder’s toasted corn flavor chips

Lots of different potato chip brands at Safeway back in 1987


Chip brands from 1987 – NY Deli, Krunchers, Cottage Fries

Chip brands from 1987 - NY Deli - Krunchers - Cottage Fries


Old 1980s potato chip bags – Wise, Chesty, Jay’s (1987)

Old 1980s potato chip bags - Wise, Chesty, Jay's (1987)


Seyferts potato chips, Geiser’s chips and Laura Scudder’s potato chips for dips (1987)

Seyferts potato chips, Geiser's chips and Laura Scudder's potato chips for dips (1987)


80s potato chip brands – Cain’s, Buckeye, Kas, Guy’s Original (1987)

80s potato chip brands - Cain's, Buckeye, Kas, Guy's Original (1987)


Wise brand, Kitty Clover, and Clover Club golden potato chips (1987)

Wise brand, Kitty Clover and Clover CLub golden potato chips (1987)


Borden Krunchers Potato Chips (1988)

Borden Krunchers Potato Chips 1988


Weight Watchers Great Snackers potato snacks (1989)

Crisp, crunchy potato snacks are back. (Cheddar cheese flavor shown)

Weight Watchers Great Snackers potato snacks (1989)


Vintage potato chip bags & potato snacks from the 1990s

Guy’s Wavy chips and Jay’s Potato Chips (1992)

Guy's Wavy chips and Jay's Potato Chips (1992)


Bell Dip Chips Max Pack – American Stores Company supermarkets (1994)

Bell Dip Chips Max Pack - American Stores Company supermarkets (1994)


Wavy Lay’s Super Size potato chips bag (1995)

Wavy Lay's Super Size potato chips bag (1995)


Lay’s WOW potato chips vintage ad (1998)

Lay's WOW potato chips vintage ad (1998)


Grippo’s & Husman’s potato chips from Ohio (1999)

Ohio potato chip brands (1999)

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