July 09, 2020

Throwback Thursday

It's week 2 of Throwback Thursday. Take a walk down memory lane and play along!

 

Photo Credit once again goes to Pinterest this week.

Last week I mentioned how TV dinners were a special treat when I was a kid. Well, back in those days fast food was a fairly new thing and something that was a special treat too. Who remembers when they looked like this?...


Yep, this was the whole "amazing" menu!


I read the history of McDonald's while putting this post together, It's actually pretty amazing, check it out!

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Check out the history of Burger King too. Burger King was inspired by the McDonald brothers, big surprise!

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After reading the history of the others I had to check out the history of Royal Castle. I learned that they were based in Miami Florida and only spread to a few other states. As much as I remember it, it might be unheard of to most of you. They were founded in 1938 and pretty much put out of business after McDonald's and Burger King came along. Some of you may remember a similar restaurant called White Castle, I don't believe they were ever in Florida where I grew up.



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Who remembers the big spinning bucket?!



The Kentucky Fried Chicken history is another really interesting read. The first franchise opened in 1952. By 1963 they were the largest fast food chain in the United States. The name officially changed to what we now know as KFC in 1991.

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A&W was the coolest back then!



The oldest one yet, First one opened in 1919, now over 100 years old and still going! The history of A&W is another great read.

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I never though starting Throwback Thursday would give me history lessons but it has definitely taken that turn, and it's all so interesting!

That's a wrap for this week's Throwback Thursday. I hope you'll join in the fun :)

16 comments:

  1. Gosh, I am so oldddddddddddddd....I remember all those (exception of Royal Castle) smiles.

    Have a beautiful day, friend.

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    1. These throwback posts make me feel old too lol! Have a great day :)

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  2. I don't really remember when any of those places looked that way...except the KFC bucket. I do remember that spinning on the sign out front. I also remember a local antique shop having that bucket sitting on the porch for years and years. I guess it was for sale, but what would you do with that? It's been gone for a while now. I wonder what happened to it?

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    1. I probably have some years on you Stacy since I'm about as old as dirt lol! I have to wonder where that bucket went too, It's cool but who would buy it?! Have a great day :)

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  3. I enjoyed this walk down memory lane, Martha! I went to all those restaurants except for Royal Castle. Never heard of that one, but have heard of White Castles.

    You would enjoy the Ignite Sign Museum if you are ever in Tucson Arizona. They have a lot of old neon signs including one from Kentucky Fried Chicken with the bucket.

    I remember going to McDonald's as a youth and getting a hamburger, fries, drink for pennies really and then going across the way to Dairy Queen for an ice cream cone. Oh those carefree days of youth!

    betty

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    1. I have seen photos of that sign museum, such a cool place that I would love to see in person someday! We didn't have White Castle, but I've heard of it and I added it to the post. It was a very similar concept with the same little slider burgers. I wonder if youth today will look back at these times as carefree? I can't even imagine. Have a great day Betty!

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  4. I remember going to a McDonalds the looked like the one you've pictured when I was pregnant for my first. I craved fish sandwiches and their milkshakes . We still have Kentucky Fired Chicken and it remains a favorite of mine as well as a A&W rooter stand that serves the best rootbeer around. Good memories today!

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    1. Thanks Ma, it's definitely fun to look back at the way things were. I think KFC was better back in those days, but definitely still good now. We don't have any A&W's around where I live anymore, but I still remember those cold frosty little mugs of delicious root beer - yummy! Have a great day :)

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  5. Thanks for including these links, Martha! It was my 12th birthday, I believe -- my parents said I could pick anywhere to eat. But when I chose the brand new McDonalds in Santa Fe, my dad said, "Absolutely not... We're not going to some greasy spoon." LOL. I'm unfamiliar with Royal Castle but Tom -- a Chicago native -- still speaks longingly of White Castle.

    Today's been kind of sideways, but I hope to do a Throwback post before day's end.

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    1. Sounds like what my father would have said lol. Hope you'll have a chance to post but if not I left the link open for a few days or there's always next week. Would love to have you play along :)

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  6. Fun pieces of history! We were too poor to go to those places...we were lucky to get an ice cream cone:) My Mom would pack a lunch and we would eat in the car or along the way at a roadside picnic table:)

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    1. We did that a lot too. Going to a fast food place once in a while was a special treat!

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  7. Phoenix kept that Original McD's for many Years, as it was one of the first... but sadly, eventually they razed it... in a way an Original of all these iconic Fast Food Joints should be considered Historic, huh?

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    1. I totally agree! I wonder if any are still standing? Thanks for stopping by Dawn. Stay safe out there.

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  8. We had a few white castles, but like yours, McDonalds and Burger King sent them packing as did In-N-Out. Throwback Thursday certainly is good for learning about history. I love the research.

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    1. We don't have In-N-Out here but sure wish we did from all I've heard about it! Can't wait until you can play along. Hope you are enjoying your trip :)

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