In 1869, fruit merchant Joseph Campbell and icebox manufacturer Abraham Anderson started the Anderson & Campbell Preserve Company in Camden, New Jersey. By 1877, the partners realized each had different visions for the company. Joseph Campbell bought Anderson’s share and expanded the business to include ketchup, salad dressing, mustard, and other sauces. Ready-to-serve Beefsteak Tomato Soup became a Campbell’s best seller.
In 1894, Joseph Campbell retired and Arthur Dorrance took over as company president. Three years later, soup history was made when Arthur Dorrance reluntly hired his nephew John Dorrance. John held a chemistry degree from MIT and a Ph.D. from the University of Gottengen in Germany. He turned down more prestigious and better paying teaching positions to work for his uncle. His Campbell's salary was only $7.50 per week and he had to bring in his own lab equipement. However, John Dorrance soon made the Campbell's Soup Company very famous.
Soups were inexpensive to make but very expensive to ship. Dorrance realized that if he could remove soup's heaviest ingredient water, he could create a formula for condensed soup and slash the price of soup from $.30 to $.10 per can. By 1922, soup was such an integral part of the company presence in America, that Campbell’s formally accepted "Soup" into its name.
The Campbell Kids have been selling Campbell's Soup since 1904 when Grace Wiederseim Drayton, an illustrator and writer, added some sketches of children to her husband’s advertising layout for a Campbell's condensed soup. The Campbell advertising agents loved the child appeal and choose Mrs. Wiederseim’s sketches as trademarks. In the beginning, Campbell Kids were drawn as ordinary boys and girls, later, Campbell Kids took on the personas of policemen, sailors, soldiers, and other professions.
Grace Wiederseim Drayton will always be the "mother" of Campbell Kids. She drew for the company advertising for nearly twenty years. Drayton’s designs were so popular that doll makers wanted to capitalized on their popularity. Campbell's gave the E. I. Horsemen Company the license to market dolls with the Campbell label on their sleeves. Horseman even secured two U.S. design patents for the dolls’ clothes.
Today, Campbell’s Soup Company, with its famous red and white label, remains a staple in the kitchen as well as American culture.
Skillet Chicken Noodle
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2 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
8 baby carrots, cut lengthwise in half
1 box frozen corn, thawed
1 cup uncooked egg noodles
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and onions, stirring, until browned and onions are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Stir in remaining ingredients except parsley. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer another 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender. Garnish with parsley. Enjoy!
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