GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn (KMSP) - From Cheerios to Play-Doh, General Mills is responsible for some of the most iconic products on our shelves, but with the company’s 150th anniversary this year company realized some historic items were missing from its archive.
General Mills’ history goes all the way back to the 1860s, but archivists only started keeping track of its products about 35 years ago. Now they're asking the public to help fill this huge gap.
Archivist Jessica Faucher is responsible for organizing the push to find General Mills nostalgia and supplied Fox 9 with a list of some past items they are missing.
General Mills wish list:
·Washburn Crosby Company Gold Medal from the First Millers’ International Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1880. This artifact was last seen in 1893 and was taken to the Columbia Exposition in Chicago by two company executives.
·Washburn Crosby Company Bronze Medal from the First Millers’ International Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1880.
· Painted portrait of Betty Crocker in a Blue Dress which was used in Life, Look, and McCall’s 1947 advertisement.
·Original newspaper with the Gold Medal promotional jigsaw puzzle in 1921 (led to the creation of Betty Crocker).
·Kenner Stretch Armstrong from 1976.
·The original Parker Brother Nerf ball from 1970.
·Historic ads and packaging from Yoplait, specifically in the 1960s and early 1970s.
·Historic packaging of Wheaties from 1920s to 1950s.
·Any historic packaging or ads from the Old El Paso brand.
·Any historic packaging or ads from Progresso brand.
·Historic Sperry, Washburn Crosby Company, Pillsbury, or General Mills flour sacks or items made out of these flour sacks.
·Early Ralston cereal packaging especially those created with licensed characters (Cabbage Patch Kids, Ghostbusters, Donkey Kong, Gizmo, Rainbow Bright, etc…)
·Betty Crocker Easy Bake Oven with all items and original box, in good condition.
· Kenner’s Star Wars toys and action figures from 1977.
·Items pertaining to the creation of Olive Garden in 1982.
·Kenner Baby Alive from 1973.
·Kenner Blythe doll from 1972.