In what I hope to make a regular event at the University of Winnipeg Department of History, honours and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Studies in Canadian Social History class recently presented brief summaries of their original research in Canadian food history.
UPDATE: This research is now completed. Thanks to all for sharing your stories! My book on the history of Canadian snack foods will be available from University of Manitoba Press in August-September 2017.
As part of the research for a book on the history of Canadian snack foods, my research assistants and I are conducting interviews with a variety of interesting people… a food scientist who has done useful work on potato chip browning; a former candy maker at Nutty Club; and a man the Globe and Mail refers to as Dr. Freeze.
But we want to interview many, many more people with a variety of connections to Canadian snack foods.
UPDATE: This research is now completed. Thanks to all for sharing your stories! My book, Snacks: A Canadian Food History, will be available from University of Manitoba Press in August-September 2017.
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While a photo collection has been archived, there are no archived interviews of these children’s experiences.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
PROJECT: “Snack Foods: A Canadian Social History, 1945-2010.”