Anyone Remember Snider’s Catsup?

As regular readers of this blog know, I enjoy looking through old magazines to see what folks were interested in during any given month and year. This is especially helpful in constructing fictional characters because those old periodicals provide subjects that they might have discussed at the kitchen table or in their favorite tavern. The advertisements can also tell the reader what the popular products were, all of which leads me to Snider’s Catsup.

Does anyone remember this brand?

In reading through the February 17, 1947 issue of Life magazine, I discovered a full-page ad for Snider’s Catsup, a brand that I never knew existed. An internet search revealed a television commercial from 1956, meaning that it was still around when I was about to enter the world, yet, as a brand, it seems to have just disappeared. The photo caption of one of its shipping crates, posted by the National Museum of American History, states that the company began as the T. A. Snider Preserve Company of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1879 and was one of the largest catsup makers by the turn of the 20th century. A Pinterest page indicates that Snider’s was also manufactured in Marion, Indiana.

An on-line article on the television show Mad Men lists Snider’s as a brand that existed at the time the show opens, adding that it was bought and sold by the Bird’s Eye division of General Foods, which apparently had already happened by 1947 when the Life magazine ad appeared, because “General Foods” appears in very small print in the ad itself.

Further searching on the Internet reveals all kinds of ads and bottles for sale on e-Bay, but no real information on the company or what happened to it.

Therefore, I’m calling on all readers to become detectives! First, does anyone remember Snider’s Catsup? Second, I know I have at least one reader each in Cincinnati and in Indiana: Do you all have any local information on Snider’s? I’d like some company as I dive down this catsup rabbit hole!

About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.
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24 Responses to Anyone Remember Snider’s Catsup?

  1. Dick Snyder says:

    Nope! Never heard of it.


  2. Gene B. says:

    I remember it from the sixties in Chicago. They had tomato and sweet pepper versions.


  3. Alice Muncaster says:

    From Linnea’s Bottles and History Blog:
    The TA Snider Preserve Company
    In 1879, 2 men, Thomas A Snider and Robert T Skinner formed a canning business based in Cincinnati, Ohio. According the the book Pure Ketchup, their tomato ketchup recipe was derived from Thomas’s wife’s tomato recipes, a woman well known for her excellent preserved food.
    TA Snider Preserve company was later formed after Skinner and Snider dissolved the canning business. The TA Snider company was known for their use of all natural ingredients. The company often advertised the fact that the brand lacked preservatives to appeal to consumers who were looking for a healthier ketchup. TA Snider also sold canned tomato soup as well as canned beans, relish, and oyster sauce. His products were distributed around the United States and Canada. TA Snider was one of the most popular tomato ketchup brands in the United States.


  4. John D says:

    I grew up in Eastern Iowa and my aunt, whose last name was Snyder, used it and I still remember how good it was. This would have been in the mid to late 50’s.


  5. Mari Nelson says:

    I remember eating Snider’s Catsup in the 50s and 60s. It was the only kind my mom bought. She worked at the local A&P and purchased it there. When I got married in the early 70s, I would buy Heinz, because it didn’t taste as spicy or strong as Snider’s did. I don’t remember the last time I saw Snider’s in a store in the Chicago area, as that’s where I’ve lived my who life.


  6. genderkitten says:

    Grew up with Snider’s chili pepper catsup as our family catsup.

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  7. Wayne in Washington says:

    I remember Snider’s Hot Catsup back in the 50s. It’s great to see nostalgia like this!


  8. deguello13 says:

    I pulled up this blog looking for mention of Snider’s Catsup wondering what happened to the brand. It was my preferred catsup of choice as a young teen in the 50’s because it had some kick that Heinz did not. I recall it was much darker red in color than the others too. Looks as if the owners of Heinz bought the brand and killed it, but I have not found verification.


  9. Cheney Coker says:

    Snider’s was popular in Houston in the mid 60’s. As mentioned above, they had a Snider’s Hot version that was our family favorite. Some have said that the Whataburger spicy Ketchup is very similar. Snider’s was purchased by Hunts in January of 1953 and Hunts continued to produce catsup under the Snider name until the early 70’s.,a%20husband%20and%20wife%20team.


  10. Dianne Parmer says:

    been digging old bottles from this farm land dump on my property, getting tons of all sorts of bottles. Today , to my surprise, I dug up 2 snider catsup bottles almost side by side. There were many, probably over 30 of this style bottle design in the past sev. months. Todays had the paper labels and I am glad to now know what manuf. of it is. I am 73 and don’t remember this brand, but it was here in Georgia.


  11. Steve says:

    I have an October 1945 Life Magazine with a similar add including “Copyright 1945 by General Foods”.

    But they spelled it wrong 😉


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