A Personal Tribute To Early American Cereals

A typical supermarket in America in the fifties. All supermarkets stocked the latest, most-popular cereals that were advertised on television.
A typical supermarket in America in the fifties. All supermarkets stocked the latest, most-popular cereals that were advertised on television.

Here Are Just A Few Samples Of Vintage American Cereal Boxes

Post Alpha Bits
Post Alpha Bits
Post Toasties.
Post Toasties.
Post Grape Nut Flakes.
Post Grape Nut Flakes.
Post Sugar Rice Krinkles
Post Sugar Rice Krinkles
General Mills Trix. And by the way, General Mills, I am FOR the rabbit. He has been abused long enough.
General Mills Trix. And by the way, General Mills, I am FOR the rabbit. He has been abused long enough.
General Mills Wheaties. Breakfast of Champions.
General Mills Wheaties. Breakfast of Champions.
Kellogg's Raisin Bran.
Kellogg's Raisin Bran.
Kellogg's Shredded Wheat.
Kellogg's Shredded Wheat.
General Mills Kix.
General Mills Kix.
Kellogg's Rice Krispies.
Kellogg's Rice Krispies.
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. Japanese version.
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. Japanese version.
General Mills Frosty O's.
General Mills Frosty O's.
Post Crispy Critters.
Post Crispy Critters.
General Mills Count Chocula.
General Mills Count Chocula.
General Mills Corn Bursts.
General Mills Corn Bursts.
Quaker Cap'n Crunch.
Quaker Cap'n Crunch.
Cheerios, 1946.
Cheerios, 1946.
Cheerios with Bullwinkle, the moose.
Cheerios with Bullwinkle, the moose.
Post Cocoa Pebbles with Fred Flintstone.
Post Cocoa Pebbles with Fred Flintstone.
General Mills Cocoa Puffs without the goofy bird whose, "I'm cuck-oo for cocoa puffs," became a cereal catch-phrase in America.
General Mills Cocoa Puffs without the goofy bird whose, "I'm cuck-oo for cocoa puffs," became a cereal catch-phrase in America.
Kellogg's Corn Flakes, my personal favorite. The box with simple design and icon rooster has woke people up of all ages for years telling them to have Kellogg's Corn Flakes for breakfast. Bravo! Kellogg's!
Kellogg's Corn Flakes, my personal favorite. The box with simple design and icon rooster has woke people up of all ages for years telling them to have Kellogg's Corn Flakes for breakfast. Bravo! Kellogg's!


If you work for Kellogg’s, Post, Quaker or any of the big cereal companies, you might get your feelings hurt at this story. The same applies to those who have retired from Kellogg’s, Post, Quaker or any of the big cereal companies. Just giving you a heads-up.


I confess. At heart, I am not that bad of a man. At least I don’t think I am. I don’t abuse my wife, my grandchildren, strangers, animals, insects, reptiles, rodents, fish, fowl, or plants. I try to mind my own business. Help my neighbor by keeping my nose out of their affairs and respecting God and country to the best of my mortal ability. But I will leave the final vote whether you consider me bad or good, up to you.


This is the part of my story that might cause you to think that I once was, or maybe still am, a Communist. A Karl Marx disciple. An owner of a Communist flag that I keep nailed on the wall of my bedroom. And if you thought these or any other thoughts of that nature, you would be dead-wrong. Incorrect. I love America. And America’s citizens. But I never thought of breakfast being the most-important meal of the day. I am sorry. I never got into the habit of rising before sun up, chowing down a huge American breakfast, and then trudging to school. I did a few times, chow down a huge American breakfast that my mom made for me and it made me nauseated later in the day. This is in no means a knock on my mom’s cooking.


The reason I guess that eating breakfast was tough, was that I went to bed with school-related issues on my mind. And arose the next day with school-related issues on my mind--tests, P.E., tests, dress code, tests, lunchroom dilemmas (the food), tests, talking to girls, not getting beaten-up, and those nerve-bending tests.


When I became a man and got out on my own, I would go to bed with work-related issues on my mind and you know the rest. I can safely assume that the deal about not having breakfast was all a mental thing. There! Solved the problem. Too late. I am way out of school and unable to work. But even now, I only eat breakfast on Saturday mornings when my wife is with me. She works at our Walmart SuperCenter in Hamilton, Alabama, and I do not ask her to cook, at all, especially through the week. Her cooking on Saturday mornings was her decision.


Since this story is food-related, I can tell you this personal truth: in the few times that I have had breakfast as a student in school, my breakfast food of choice was cereal. Didn’t matter what brand. Cereal. Any shape, size, or coating. Loved me that cereal. With milk, or out of the box or dry as powder. Cereal rated high on my “foods I could eat and may not get nauseated later list,” and I really didn’t have a certain favorite cereal for I had a love-food-relationship with most every brand of cereal made in the United States. I was once tempted to write Kellogg’s Cereals, Battle Creek, Michigan, and testify to them just how good their products were, but my mom said that the people at Kellogg’s would only laugh at me and think that I was a lunatic, so I scrapped that idea. What I thought might happen was that they, Kellogg’s, would get my letter, open it at a high-level customer feedback meeting, read it aloud and with a loud cheer of appreciation, send me a case or two, maybe three, do I hear four? Of my favorite cereal for my very own. Just for writing an honest evaluation about their cereals. Another dream down the tubes. Bit the dust. Gone.


With all sincerity, I cannot tell you this story is devoted entirely to the positive affect that Kellogg’s and other leading cereal manufacturing companies have had on our country for years, or the creative, elaborate ways in which the cereal companies packaged their cereals not only for capturing the mom’s (mostly) attention who shopped for their family’s groceries, and then when their attention was captured, the cereal with the most-persuasive box design and wording was the one she bought. Tough choice. I guess I will go with “door number two, Monty,” and see how far down the road of cereal marketing and packaging I can travel.


Alpha Bits, by Post, started out early with a simple box design that featured the cereal in a tasty photo that would temp the most-finicky youngster, but the real reason Alpha Bits was so successful is that children could actually learn their alphabet by placing the cereal letters into words and thus, learning the English language at an early age. This cereal was also a delicious treat to eat without milk while watching television.


Post Toasties, was an early breakfast cereal that had simple, non-glitzy design. Most cereal companies were going along with the atmosphere of American society at this time and being that our country was conservative, so the owners of Post Toasties played along. And sold millions of boxes of this cereal just for that lone idea.


Post Grape Nut Flakes. I used and early rendering of this cereal. This cereal was nutritious, delicious and almost became the favorite of American breakfast tables. Grape nut flakes were not fancy. Did not feature a ballplayer or actor on the box, just plain grape nut flakes. The product sold itself. And grape nut flakes was also a great midnight snack while watching some good late-night television.


Post Sugar Crisp didn’t pull any punches. Cereal companies didn’t have to pull punches in this era. Sugar was not deemed unhealthy as it is today, so the Post Cereal Company ‘let it all hang out’ and had their boxes say, up front, ‘sugar crisp’ and let that be that. Sugar Crisp today in 2011, would be flogged by numerous government and nutrition groups for even using sugar in their cereal. How times and cereal has changed.


Post Rice Krinkles might have been an early prototype for a competing cereal company, Kellogg’s, who first came out with Rice Krispies. Rice Krinkles didn’t catch fire as predicted by Post analysts, and remains today in the ‘Cereals of Yesteryear Hall of Fame.’


Wheaties has been around for ages. Strong. Enduring. Just like the numerous professional athletes who have appeared on their boxes which was their selling point. America thought that if Joe DiMaggio eats Wheaties, then our little ‘Tommy’ can eat Wheaties and little ‘Susie’ too. Wheaties: “The Breakfast of Champions,” has been the most enduring cereal slogan besides Tony Tiger’s, “Thhheyyy-re, GREEeat!”


Kellogg’s Raisin Bran scored high with moms and dads when it came to what cereal was best to feed to their kids. Raisins are a great source of nutrients, protein and natural energy. The bran provides daily fiber for the youngsters, so what is not to like about Kellogg’s Raisin Bran? The cereal had a moderately-exciting box able to capture mom’s attention when she shopped for groceries. Kellogg’s package designers were ahead of their time with their marketing ideas.


Kellogg’s Shredded Wheat didn’t use the flashy, Hollywood glitter approach to packaging. Just make the product look delicious and fun to eat as Kellogg’s did in the large photo on the box of Shredded Wheat. Personally, I didn’t like shredded wheat by anyone. But that was not Kellogg’s fault, but mine, for being such a puny eater in the morning time.


Kix by General Mills, didn’t need fancy packaging to sell their product. The box just stated the cereal name: Kix, and it was sold by the hundreds of boxes for the simplicity of the packaging. Again, conservatism works. It worked for Kix.


Kellogg’s Rice Krispies were an over-night sensation. The television ad campaign featured three elves named ‘Snap,’ ‘Crackel,’ and ‘Pop,’ who adored the bowl of cereal--listening to the cereal make that exact sound: snap, crackel and pop. The cereal was an instant hit. Delicious. Fun to eat. And I can testify to the ad claim that the cereal DID make those sounds as I ate them a few times for my before-school breakfast.


Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes remains an American as well as worldwide favorite among cereals. ‘Tony, the tiger,’ is seen on their boxes as well as television commercials as the cereal spokes tiger, whos famous roar, “Theyyy-rree Grrreat,” has been seeded in the minds of American consumers who swear by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Today in 2011, the government has really governed Kellogg’s and other cereal companies of their usage of sugar so kids can eat a healthy breakfast. Mom’s still trust Tony, the tiger when it comes to good cereal.


Frosty O’s by General Mills was an early attempt to capitalize on cartoon celebrities such as Tennessee Tuxedo, an early Saturday morning favorite with the voice of Don Adams. Frosty O’s had a superb run as a cereal, but with the ‘cereal giants,’ Kellogg’s, Quaker and Post, General Mills sadly cut their losses and discontinued Frosty O’s. I recall an early television ad for Frosty O’s with Tennessee Tuxedo with Tuxedo’s famous line, “Frosty--O’s are for breakfast,” he said to his walrus friend, Chumley.


Post Crispy Critters were an early smash when it came to new cereals. The cereal was in the shape of animals just like the American icon, Animal Crackers, except bigger. And to get in on the cartoon boom of Saturday mornings, Post used Linus, The Lion Hearted, a children’s favorite cartoon character on their box as well as their early television ads. I have had Crispy Critters. And they are wonderful.


General Mills scored big with Count Chocula, a friendly, harmless vampire who was featured on the box. That makes a lot of sense. Featuring the character who the cereal is named for. The cereal is purely-chocolate flavored and if eaten with a slice of toast, milk, orange juice, this makes a complete breakfast says the federal government who ruled that in all cereal ads on television, a picture of toast, milk, orange juice had to be in the shot with the named cereal in order for the verbiage, Count Chocula, make it a part of your complete breakfast. Regulations will be the death of us.


Corn Bursts by General Mills, what can be said about this vintage cereal? The box looked good and unimposing with its green and yellow colors. Not flashy in any way. No athlete or movie star on the box, just corn bursts. I never heard of corn bursts until I did my research for this story. This cereal must have ‘burst on the scene,’ only to have its popularity balloon ‘burst’ with lack of sales.


Quaker’s Cap’n Crunch was a superstar upon its introduction to American breakfast tables. Talk about an emcee, Cap’n Crunch rivaled Tony, The Tiger one time, in popularity. And still holds a steady course in annual cereal sales. The red box with Crunch’s ship and photo on the box is an eye-catcher for the shopper and the package artists at Quaker need to be commended on their fine work. I have enjoyed Cap’n Crunch on occasion. And it is fantastic.


Cheerios was and still is a great food staple among American and worldwide consumers, Delicious and good for people who have heart trouble. Cheerios is a multi-talented cereal. I found this vintage box of Cereals (in the artwork to the right) where comic books and toys were advertised on the back of the box to get children to beg their mom’s to get the cereal to they could get the free toys. This marketing strategy worked like a well-made Swiss watch. Cheerios is still going strong in 2011. And probably always will.


Cheerios was not about to be left behind in the cartoon celebrity endorsements. Another box of Cheerios I found featured Bullwinkle, the moose, on it’s box. Children everywhere loved Bullwinkle and Rocky whose Saturday morning cartoon show was ‘gangbusters’ in the ratings for children under the age of 12 on Saturday morning television-viewing. Bullwinkle might have been a klutz, but he knew how to sell cereal.


Post Cocoa Pebbles, featured Fred Flintstone of The Flintstones, another American cartoon icon. Was it sheer coincidence that the cereal, cocoa ‘PEBBLES,’ was named for Fred and Wilma’s cute daughter, Pebbles? Hmm. Later on, Fred Flintstone and his bud, Barney Rubble fought over Fred’s Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles in television ad campaigns that sold millions of boxes of these fine cereals.


General Mills came out swinging when they brought Cocoa Puffs to the market. I found an early photo of a box of Cocoa Puffs without the goofy bird that later helped to sell tons of Cocoa Puffs in television ads when he would take a bite of the cereal and go wild and say over and over, “I’m cuck-oo for cocoa puffs,” which stayed in the memories of the television viewer all the way to the grocery store where they bought, of course, Cocoa Puffs. A great gimmick using a wild bird to sell cereal.


My All-Time Favorite of All the Cereals is:


KELLOGG’S CORN FLAKES, with it’s red and white box with the silhouette of the rooster that has evolved over the years, but the cereal has not changed in the least. Filled with daily vitamins, nutrients, and things to help you grow stronger and healthier. That was Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Nothing fancy. Not even one superstar from Hollywood on the box. I did though remember watching a black and white television ad with Buddy “Jed Clampett” Ebsen and Irene “Granny” Ryan of the Beverly Hillbillies, telling how Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (at that time) was a good deal for the money and good too, as they agreed. Regardless of who said what about Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, the folks at Kellogg’s, Battle Creek, Michigan, can be super-proud for all the young people and adults they have helped grow into healthy Americans just by having Kellogg’s Corn Flakes as part of their balanced breakfast.


I would tell you more, but I saw this coming in mid-story.


I am starving to death for some cereal.


It doesn't matter. I will settle for any type and flavor.


Can I hitch a ride from any of you to my local grocery store?

Well that was not fun. Standing on the roadside with my thumb up hoping that some good-hearted driver would see the hungry look on my face, stop, and like the good samaritan, pick me up so I could ride to my nearest Food Galaxy Store for some Kellogg's Corn Flakes. But noooooo, the cars just whizzed on by as if I were not standing there. I tell you, the dust and sand in my eyes didn't help much either.

So, to get some Kellogg's Corn Flakes, guess I will just have to walk the harsh quarter-mile to the Food Galaxy and get my beloved box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes.

Hope the folks at Battle Creek, Michigan, where Kellogg's is located, will appreciate my devotion to their tasty product.


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EasyReading 5 years ago from Florida

Interesting reading! Very informative and great research! Thanks for the share~


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, EasyReading. A sincere THANK YOU for this comment. You made me smile and I appreciate that a lot. Keep smiling and thank you so much. You strike me as a caring person.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Kenneth, a wonderfully constructed hub! Count chocula is very fitting for Halloween. Great stuff!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Cloverleaf...Thank YOU, dear hub friend, for your compliment/comment. I say THANK you from my heart for I value, very much, YOUR comments and all who read my materials. Doggone it! Hungry. Again. I need to get my Kellogg's Corn Flakes and keep the box near my PC. Yes. That will do the trick. Thanks for making my day.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Kenneth,

Been so busy at work and have behind in my hub reading. Got to get my priorities straight. lol

I am not a big cereal eater. It doesn't satisfy me. Makes me hungrier in fact.

I do like the taste of Captain Crunch and Honeycomb though.

Another great hub my friend.

Voted up and awesome.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Dear Sueswan, been MISSING you a lot! I wondered what had become of you. Hope that you are okay. Thank YOU so MUCH for this comment. I only eat, when I eat cereal, a cereal like Kellogg's Corn Flakes, WITHOUT milk, for milk makes me nauseated. Has done this since I was a kid. Oh well. Live and learn. Thanks for the vote also. And speaking of awesome, YOU are an Awesome Friend. Sincerely, Kenneth


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I grew up with real oatmeal and Shredded Wheat. Occasionally we had Grape-Nuts (not the flakes, but the little nut-like morsels), Post Toasties or Raisin Bran. But i loved Shredded Wheat and it's still my cold cereal of choice. It's delicious with almond milk on it. As you say, the packaging was never glittery and the product is also plain, real "food". I was brought up on such food. SW has no additives, either, which puts it in a class by itself among processed foods these days.

Another reason I loved it as a kid was that back then, instead of the 'biscuits' being individually wrapped or wrapped in threes as now, they were simply laid on and separated by cardboards the size of the bottom of the box - enough for two or three of the biscuits on them. Mother would give me those cardboards to do my 'art' on when we went out painting. She always preferred to paint outside looking at the landscape first-hand. So of course her little nest-egg, Nellie Anna, would be by her side on those sojourns. And of course I wanted to paint too! She didn't share her precious art supplies much though. She had to eke them out of the grocer money! haha. But I still have a rather presentable little landscape of my own painted on one of those Shredded Wheat card boards when I was about 5 or so. The sky and mountains in the distance are really pretty good. The foreground - a road, some surface vegetation and a tree - are questionable. haha. But for a five-year old with bad eyesight, not too bad. hahahaha

I loved this hub, Kenneth, though the "early" cereals you've featured are mostly the ones m own kids liked. But they were early in your lifetime, too!

Your diversity is such a joy, I must say. I'm never disappointed when I come over to your hubpage to find some good reading! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

While I was editing my comment, Hubpages went down 'for maintennce', saying to try again in a few minutes, which I did - a couple of times. So - the result? several posting of it. I have deleted this one and will delete the next duplicate too. You can just disallow both of these duplicates, if you wish.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

oops


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Nellieanna,

"THANK YOU so MUCH, Sincerely, for your warm and uplifting comments. I still love me some Kellogg's Corn Flakes--right out of the box. And your comment gave me an idea. Why don't you take a digital photo of your artwork on the SW box of that landscape and put it on a hub and write about it--time it was written, etc. I, like many other people, would be so blessed to read something like that. And I am always cheered up and blessed with your comments that mean so much to me, Nellie. Please, have yourself a quiet, peaceful day. Thanks again, Dear Friend. Kenneth


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Let me think about that - I'd love to do it. I can 'see it in my mind's eye' in every detail. It's not something I keep out in view all the time, though; so first, I must locate where it is among many boxes of family and personal keepsakes. I'm a pretty good juggler but sometimes I seem to get too many balls in the air! haha -- I love the idea, though. Don't be surprised if it materializes.

Hugs - and good day to you, too!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Nellieanna, HUGS to YOU also. And I believe, not just think, that YOU CAN do this. And I cannot wait to see this on a hub written, designed and produced by the one and only, Nellieanna, my dear friend. And you also have a peaceful day. Kenneth


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LADYGIRL 5 years ago

I love your hub, but I must say I love Post Cereal now as an adult. Back in the late 70's I use to eat Kellogg's Cereal a lot (Corn Flakes) for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. I still love Kellogg Corn Flakes, but I prefer Post Cereal. Your are a great writer I like your style and the way your present your articles. Great Hub


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

hahaha, Kenneth - - well, thank you for all that encouragement. You're a sweetheart. So maybe you'll come on over here and back that up by helping me find the doggone thing. tee hee

This morning after I showered and got dressed, even before I came downstairs to get my coffee and morning fruit, I decided to climb up in the top of my closet (well - up on a stepladder to get to the shelf over the hanging stuff) and pull down a couple of boxes of my keepsakes, where I thought surely it would be. Box 1 was so unmanageable, I had to take some stuff out of it while still up there to be able to lift it down!

But - uh uh. not there. Now my bed is covered with all kinds of stuff out of the box - haha: - one of my baby shoes, autograph book, early gift of a camera and fountain pen when I was in my teens, lots of tiny eyeglasses I had to wear as a toddler, old report cards, my early Sunday School certificates, etc, etc. You know the kinds of stuff one hoards- maybe. It's not like it's the only box of keepsakes, though. My parents hoarded even more than I. And all those boxes are in my closet somewhere. Last winter I had a lot of them out on the bed, looking for some specific things for a hub! I had to sleep downstairs on the couch, since my bed was serving as a sorting area! There's even one whole file box of letters I wrote my parents, from in my teens till they died in the 70s! If I ever become famous, my biographers will have all the details of my life if they're patient enough to ferret them out! hahaha.

But I thought surely that little painting would be in one of these two boxes. The other box # 2 I got down is all 'soft goods' - baby booties, little doll clothes my grandmother made me, the little pillow my wedding ring was bourne on when I first married - stuff like that.

And I cleverly didn't mention a 3rd box of old love letters. . . . hehehe . . .

But I must have decided sometime along the way to put that painting in 'a really safe place'! - (The kind that is so safe that oneself can't remember where it is.) And when one's stuff is as much as mine, there's not a narrow corridor right to wherever it is! "It's complicated" is an understatement!

So it's time for me to relax and let my subconscious work on it. I'll suddenly know where I put it, I think. If I have the painting, making it into a little hub is no biggie.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Nellieanna,

You haven't just a box of keepsakes, you have boxes of TREASURES that cannot be replaced! Could be that Divine Intervention moved you into finding something you have sorted already that would make a great hub--like the love letters...real love letters, which young people in love today do NOT write with pens and ink, but texting. Hey, THIS would work. A hub about a Real Love Letter...and if you cant scan it into your PC or get a digital photo to download, you can still edit it and type what you were thinking at the time of the writing. I had a box of letters in 1967, from my FIRST REAL LOVE, and I am a neat freak anyway, so I would place each letter in a neat stack in this shirt box and put it in a secret place in my closet where I lived as a single guy at home with mom and dad. On one particular visit, I was curious to see what some of these letters said, would you believe that THEY WERE GONE. Vanished. And not even mom and dad knew where this place was in my closet. Go figure. Guess the spirits wanted them more, huh? But do consider this love letter idea while you are meditating on the painting and its location. I am positive that whatever you write WILL BE GREAT. Sincerely, Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello and Peaceful Greetings, LADYGIRL!

a HEARTFELT THANKS to YOU for the cereal comment which made me hungry all over again. Got to stock up on the Kellogg's Corn Flakes and some Post cereal too. If you have ever watched Seinfield, you rarely saw him eat food--food, but cereal at home...maybe the occasional sandwich, but mostly cereal. And that wonderful soup from the Soup Nazi...oh, were you a Seinfeld fan? I am so sorry to ramble on. I get carried away when I engage in friendly banter. Thanks again, LADYGIRL...for all that you have commented on. I shall not take you or your warm remarks for granted. Live in peace! Kenneth


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

AW - that's a shame about your love letters disappearing. Curious.

haha - Mine were hand written for the most part, except in the latter phase when computers came about but by then, (30 or so years after the fact) the relationship had simmered down to a respectable friendship - though with some romantic flare-ups at times. He passed away in 1984. So - the hand-written ones can't be simply edited now. Even the early word processing was so much more primitive with fonts like old typewriters. But handwriting everything was so commonplace. All my poetry is handwritten originally. I may edit on the computer, but the inspiration is always hand written.

His name was Kenneth, by the way. I've always been quite partial to the name, especially the full name, rather than the shortened forms. Just so you know that I haven't completely neglected giving words to some of these great memories, - I have a webpage about him if you're interested:

http://nellieanna.com/kennethtribute.html

I can't begin to tell you how many fascinating things are in the boxes, not just mine, but my parents' and others in the family. I sat and read hand written notes my Mother penned for the book about their early life in the wilds of West Texas - and during the Depression - actual experiences that were part of their experience. And notes and essay test papers my Dad wrote at college in the 19teens - so impressive. And so much more. It needs a bigger stage than Hubpages, Kenneth.

But I'm always open to ideas. You're such a dear to envision these things being captured. I am delighted!


V Qisya 5 years ago

Hi Kenneth! Personally, I do love products from Kellogg's and Quaker. But at times, I felt nausea after "cerealing".

I've tried skipping cereals, instead of everyday, maybe, once every 3 days. But, I totally can't resist it. Maybe, I should change my name to "V Kellogg's"...hahaha

Anyway, I always love reading your hubs. Fresh and lively. Take care, my friend. Keep smiling, keep writing,I'll be reading ;D


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Nellieanna, first of all, I am terribly sorry for being so slothful in getting back to this hub with your last comment about your love letters. The mail must be acting up for I wouldn't have known you had commented unless "V" had chimed in about loving cereals, so listen. I apologize for not being back here earlier. My love letters to 'the girl' of my dreams were hand-written as well. With a blue Bic pen when they first came out. I was so happy. She was so happy. I thought, but later I found out that her controlling girlfriends swayed her away from me onto someone 'they' liked. Oh well. I tried. And I wish I knew where my letters went. I would consider publishing them. Have a great day, Nellie. Regards, Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, My New Friend, "V.," Thanks VERY MUCH for your sweet comment. The last cereal I ate was Rice Krispies, without milk for milk makes me nauseated. I was this way in grade school, but the tyrannical teachers forced us to drink the stuff--they didn't know any better back then. And I will keep on writing and I appreciate YOU reading these pieces, "V." Sincerely, Kenneth


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Strange, but fun topic. I can tell you that I love cereal. No, let me rephrase that ... I love, love, love cereal. It’s the hardest thing for me to select in the store, mainly because growing up all we were permitted was the “no taste, good for you” brands. Mom was very good at that. Grape Nuts is a favorite, but why they call it that is a bit of a mystery having no grapes or nuts in it. I didn’t stray far from mom’s picks though and don’t go for the sweet ones. It doesn't matter what time of day it is, I can be in the mood for a bowl.


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Awesome hub which really took me back to my younger days. Would love to get my hands on some of those original boxes to go with my other retro collectibles.


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Lady Lorelei 2 years ago from Canada

Both my husband and I are sitting here having a bowl of cereal for supper. (It is my birthday and I refused to cook.) We went out for lunch so cereal sounded like a great solution for supper. He is eating Mini Wheats and I am dining on Captain Crunch so as soon as I saw your title I knew that it was time to stop by. I love Captain Crunch. Yummy and great for satisfying a craving for something crunchy or sweet.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear favored,

Thank you, from my heart, for your nice comment. And I am in shock. Grape Nuts WERE MY favorite too. I used to snack on them by themselves when I watched TV. I loved them.

Ahhh, what memories that objects give us sometimes. And my second-favorite were Cocoa Crispies with chocolate milk.

Oh my goodness how hungry I am now. Yummmm.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

@ Deal For a Living,

You and me both. Do you know how much THE original boxes of these now-forgotten cereals would bring on eBay? I do not know an exact amount, but let's just say that we both could have a great Christmas.

Thank you kindly for your nice comment.

Visit with me anytime.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Lady Lorelei,

Happy Birthday to you! And may you have many more. And you and your husband eating cereal for you refused to cook. That is sooooo cool. I love it. I love your comment too.

I keep a big box of Frosted Flakes tucked safely away in my kitchen cabinets so when hunger strikes at night, I just get out those flakes and I am in heaven. But without milk. I guess I have a childhood fobia about milk which was when I was in the fourth grade, my teacher was like a prison warden standing over our lunch table and DEMANDING that we all drink the milk.

So to appease her, I would hold my breath and down the half-pint and it would be over. But I vowed in my heart that one day I would NOT be bullied into doing something that always gave me a nauseated stomach.

And I didn't touch milk when I got out of that prison, errr, I mean school.

Do stay in touch with me.


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EasyReading 2 years ago from Florida

Thank you for ads, research it was awesome seeing the arts on the old boxes and how great it was then, now iconic and absolutely incredible. Enjoyed your story, great to be back.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, EasyReading,

Wow! Thank you so much for this comment. It made my night. Things like this fascinate me. I was so blessed to grow up in the era of most of these cereals and it is so good to see YOU back.

Keep in touch and have a great time.


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Lynn Savitsky 20 months ago from New Jersey

Thanks for such an awesome article! Though for the poll, I'd have to say it's a tie between Kellogg's and General Mills, they're what I grew up on.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Lynn,

Thank you and may God bless you. I appreciate you so much. I agree with you. Kellogg's and General Mills are the top two.

I loved Frosted Flakes and even POST Cocoa Crispies. Now I am famished.

Come back to talk anytime.

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