Obit of the Day (Historical): Oh My Obit Has a First Name… (1955)
That’s right, on this date meat packing legend Oscar Meyer died. Meyer, a native Chicagoan, and his brother Gottfried, German immigrants started selling sausages in a market on the North Side of the city (probably Old Town) in 1883. By 1904 they were selling meat with the Edelweiss brand, the firsf to do so. After Oscar’s son, Oscar, joined the company the incorporated as Oscar Mayer and Bros., Oscar was considered the founder, with Gottfried and Max, who had joined after 1904. They eventually became millionaires especially with their military contracts in World War I and World War II.
Oscar Mayer at one point sold 93 different meat products. They were also marketing masters presenting two (still) famous jingles: “I wish I was an Oscar Mayer wiener…” in 1963 and “Oh my bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R…” in 1973.
The iconic Winermobile was invented in 1936 by Oscar Sr.’s nephew, Carl. The above image is the patent illustration submitted in 1952. (Courtesy of the US Patent Office via jalopnik.com)