UPDATE: This research is now completed, and I am no longer conducting interviews. Thanks to all for sharing your stories! My book, Snacks: A Canadian Food History, is now available from University of Manitoba Press.
I’m searching for past contestants of the “Kids’ Bids” TV shows that were sponsored by Old Dutch Foods, to interview for my snack foods history research project.
The show was developed by Robert Watson of Watson Advertising in the 1960s.
Nancy-Ellen McLennan, Linda Koesveld, Susanne, and Danny Hooper were participants. In blogs, facebook posts, and a newspaper article, they describe the show as an auction for prizes, where bids were made by children using empty Old Dutch packaging as “Old Dutch points” instead of money.
While a photo collection has been archived, there are no archived interviews of these children’s experiences.
If you (or anyone you know) were a contestant on “Kids’ Bids” and are willing to be interviewed, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org