The History Of Fast Food
- 19th century. The invention of the meat grinder gave rise to the hamburger.
- 1892. Coca-Cola, the "brain tonic & soda contain beverage", contained about 9 milligrams of cocaine.
- 1894. The Los Angeles Times prints reference to the hamburger.
- Early 1900's. The hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat & food for the poor.
- 1914. Due to anti-German sentiment during WWI. an alternative name for a hamburger (which was derived from the Hamburg steak sandwiches eaten on immigrant ships) was "Salisbury steak", named after Dr. Salisbury
who prescribed ground beef for certain illnesses.
- 1919. A&W Root Beer claimed to be the first fast food chain with drive-ins.
- 1921. White Castle opened the first hamburger chain, selling hamburgers for 50¢.
- 1921. Franchising was introduced by A&W Root Beer, which franchised its syrup.
- 1930's. Howard Johnson's first franchised the restaurant concept standardizing menus, signage, & advertising.
- 1940's. Curb service mobilized when carhops strapped on roller skates.
- 1940's. Fast food restaurant had "flashier" architecture to catch the attention of drivers.
- 1949. Richard & Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant.
- 1949. Arby's is created by Forrest Raffel & his younger brother Leroy.
- 1951. The term "fast food" was recognized in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
- 1956. Carl Karcher launched Carl's Jr, a mini version of his other restaurant.
- 1965. Subway is established.
- 1967. High-fructose corn syrup appears in fast foods. This ingredient tricks your body into wanting to eat more & to store more fat.
- 1970. Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food.
- 1990's. Late comedian & talk-show host Johnny Carson labeled the hamburger the "McClog the Artery".
- 1990's. Car manufacturers installed larger cup holders in the dashboards.
- 1990. Hindu vegetarian customers in India smeared cow dung on a statue of Ronald McDonald when they discovered beef tallow was used to flavor the french fries.
- 1991. There was a seven mile-long line of cars waiting to eat at the McDonald's opened in Kuwait.
- 2004. PETA released a video taken at a chicken supplier to fast food restaurants, which showed animal cruelty.
- 2004. Americans ate 7.5 billion (originally frozen) pounds of french fries.
- 2005. Ronald McDonald was cited as the number 2 top-10 advertising icon of the 20th century.
- 2006. Americans spent nearly $142 billion on fast food.
Medical Insurance | Sources: Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food; Fast Food and the Supersizing of America; Random History | Information provided by: http://www.medicalinsurance.org.