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Re: Blue Ribbon Sandwich Company
Posted by: Richard lake (ID *****8414) Date: May 07, 2011 at 09:26:45
In Reply to: Blue Ribbon Sandwich Company by Suzanne DeVine of 1986

Suzanne: It's always best if you give at least an approximate time frame. That said, I didn't find anything in "The Dallas Morning News" archives on Blue Ribbon but did find a little on Dainty Maid Sandwich Company [note spelling]. The earliest reference was in a 1957 funeral announcement for a man named Allen Byrd. I believe it said that he had worked for the company for 8 years so that indicates that the company was around at least as early as 1949. Of course there might have been a name change along the way too. Most of what I found comes from "Help Wanted" ads although I did find one advertisement for the company. Anyway, I believe that this was a route sales company which delivered sandwiches and possibly other goodies to businesses and, who knows, maybe even homes. Their help ads generally call for women sales personnel and in the one ad I saw, the drawing shows a lady in uniform. In the early notices, the address is given as 2412 McKinney Avenue but later it has an address of 1209 Castle Street. I believe that the latest mention I found was around 1968. I also notice that the outfit was "Inc." so apparently it was incorporated. I don't know if old incorporation records are retained by Texas but I'm sure you could find out although it might take some digging. Also, old city and business directories are available but I don't think any for this period are online. Both Dallas Public Library and Texas State Library have pretty complete collections. Alternatively, LDS has many on microfilm and you can rent and view them at your local Family History Center. There is a nominal rental charge. As to the people you name, that's a little tougher without some dates plus the names aren't particularly uncommon. Remember that "Jake" could be a proper name as well as a nickname for something like Jacob, Jason, Jackson, etc. Furthermore, "FrancIs" generally denotes a male whereas "FrancEs" is usually a female but not everyone follows convention. IF "Francis" is actually female, then you have to figure out married versus maiden names - I sure wouldn't be surprised to see a lady involved in this sort of business given the time period. I don't know if any of this helps but thought I would throw it out there......Rick


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