If anyone has a 27-inch inflatable, plastic Tony the Tiger® from 1953, please contact me!
Me looking through the Archives in 2006
As Kellogg Company’s corporate archivist, my favorite part of the job is protecting and preserving the history of our company and our founder, W.K. Kellogg.
When I was in college in 1984, I drove past our current corporate headquarters building in Battle Creek, Mich., almost every day. The building was under construction and I thought it would be so cool to work there. A couple of years later, that’s exactly what I was doing as an intern in the records program. Once I graduated, my internship ended. Soon, a full-time role came up in the department and I’ve been here ever since.
Today, I’m the manager of corporate records and archives. My team and I curate and preserve artifacts and information for our corporate archive. I see our role as safeguarding the authentic facts of our company. I’ve worked and visited with archivists across the United States and believe Kellogg has one of the most comprehensive business archives.
People use our archives for all sorts of reasons. Authors ask us for information they need for books or articles. Employees want to see old commercials or ask about foods we’ve made over the years. We’re also happy to answer customers’ questions.
The most interesting request we’ve had recently is for vintage Eggo® Waffle packaging that was reproduced for the Stranger Things Netflix series. You might remember that one of the characters, Eleven, was a bit obsessed with them.
People also often ask me about the most unusual request I ever received. I’ve received many, but one I find particularly endearing came from a nurse caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She asked for some ads from the 1940s and 1950s. She explained that people sometimes remember the ads and it sparks other memories. We were happy to send her copies of some fun ones we have.
We have hundreds of thousands of pieces in our archive, and I think the most special one is the Sweetheart of the Corn Trophy…
Always wear gloves when handling the Sweetheart of the Corn Trophy!
We have hundreds of thousands of pieces in our archive, and I think the most special one is the Sweetheart of the Corn Trophy made by Tiffany & Co that W. K. Kellogg commissioned in 1909 for the best ear of corn grown in the U.S. that year. It reminds us that – even today – we’re always searching for the very best ingredients for your foods.
Here’s the inflatable Tony the Tiger I someday hope to find.
There are also a few pieces we’d love to have in the archive that we’ve never been able to find. So, if anyone reading this blog has these items, please let us know.
- A 1932 recording of an interview with Mr. Kellogg. We have a newspaper clipping but not the audio;
- A pocket mirror with a 2-inch by 4-inch Sweetheart of the Corn decal on one side; and,
- A statue of a metal bear pushing a wooden wheelbarrow from 1918.
- 27-inch inflatable, plastic Tony the Tiger® from 1953