Charles Chips

During a breakfast visit to Chuck’s on Pacific Avenue, Stockton I saw an old image that immediately transported me back to my days growing up in North Philadelphia.

It was the gold and brown Charles Chips tin.

The gold and brown Charles Chips tin stood out to my eye.

 

Back in the day – late 1960s-early 1970s – these chips were home delivered like milk or other items that you pick up in the grocery store today. Yes, potato chips were sold in the store those days too but these were seen as a premium product that was not much more expensive than store bought treats. I remember my brothers and I went nuts when they arrived because they were a special treat.

I think you paid a deposit for the tin, and you would leave the empty tin on your doorstep, perhaps with a note inside with your order and the deliveryman would leave the fresh chips on your doorstep. I couldn’t imagine that today. The 70-year-old Charles Chips company is still in business making their original, barbecue, waffle-style chips and also pretzels.

But it was nice to go out for breakfast and get nourishment for my body and also for my soul with a pleasant memory rekindled.

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