1914 Campbell’s Soup Advertisement

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Friday, November 20, 1914: <<no entry>>

Source: Ladies Home Journal (April, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Brrr . . . it’s cold here. Since we have no clues what Grandma was doing a hundred years ago today, I thought you might enjoy this Campbell’s Soup ad.

25 thoughts on “1914 Campbell’s Soup Advertisement

    1. I’ve never eaten many of the listed soups in the advertisement. It makes me want to look through my old recipe books and see if I can recipes for the homemade version of some of them

  1. I went through a six-month period when I insisted on cold meat loaf and Campbell’s tomato soup for breakfast. My mother, bless her heart, obliged. As my dad rightly pointed out, it was a little weird, but probably more nourishing than a bowl of raisin bran.

    I still keep a couple of cans of their tomato bisque soup in the cupboard, for real emergencies. When I need a nice, comfortable supper, it does quite welll, even without the meatloaf.

    1. Your parents sound like wise people. Tomato soup and meat loaf sounds like a nutritious breakfast to me (though it definitely never would be anything that I’d personally want to eat for breakfast).

  2. Love this. I wonder if the old tomato soup tastes as good as today’s? Is there any better lunch than a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup? I also love oxtail soup but haven’t had it in ages…used to make it from the Knorr-Swiss packages. I guess Campbell’s must have discontinued that one!

    1. I’m not even quite sure what oxtail soup is. Is it a noodle soup? If so, I have vague memories of my mother making it occasionally when I was a child.

  3. I, too, love a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Or just tomato soup with Fritos or Goldfish crackers in it!
    and I wonder what kind of soup Printanier was…I’ll have to google that!

  4. Found this on Printanier soup:
    Much like Chicken Soup, there are myriad variations on the Potage Printanier; Technically speaking, the name merely means “Springtime Soup” and therefore can be made with any number of springtime vegetables, generally resulting in a green, semi-thick soup. Typically it includes peas as a main ingredient. Some recipes will have it merely be a puréed pea soup; others include lettuce and greens; others include asparagus and haricots, and many include egg. It’s all a matter of whose cook book you use.

    1. I also had no idea what Printanier was. Thanks for googling it, and sharing what you found. It has some intriguing ingredients. If I remember I might try making it next spring to see if I like it. 🙂

    1. Today it almost seems like people consider it rude to “drop in” without first emailing, texting, or calling. Etiquette regarding this has definitely changed over the last hundred years.

    1. You question actually made me google it (and now I almost wish I hadn’t). According to Wikipedia:

      “Mock turtle soup is an English soup that was created in the mid-18th century as a cheaper imitation of green turtle soup. It often uses brains and organ meats such as calf’s head or a calf’s foot to duplicate the texture and flavour of the original’s turtle meat.”

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