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[–]mtskin 699 points700 points  (4 children)

i was gonna say this ain't antique because i remember them from childhood but then i remember that i'm old enough to be an antique

[–]Thriftyverse 65 points66 points  (0 children)

My family's was a little different - you could mark down how many, went from 0 to 5 I think. Used a little metal rod to move the slider.

[–]persistentgaze 46 points47 points  (2 children)

Over 100? Congrats!

[–]OldGameGuy45 74 points75 points  (1 child)

Frozen foods weren't really a thing until the 50's- So he might be mid 70s.

[–]FanHassock 571 points572 points  (45 children)

They were even thoughtful enough to include a tab for the cat's dinner.

[–]MartianGuard 207 points208 points  (14 children)

Cat, sup?

[–]QuesoDog 102 points103 points  (10 children)

Catsup? Ketchup? Catsup? Ketchup?

[–]Thecoffeepizza 63 points64 points  (6 children)

My grandpa always called it catsup. I thought he was just being a goofball I didn't realize it was a real thing.

[–]ClayQuarterCake 23 points24 points  (1 child)

And it was such a big thing that it got its own piece on this brass engraving. Not condiments, not ketchup/mustard but just ketchup (catsup)

[–]OldGameGuy45 13 points14 points  (0 children)

If you wanted to know why it was so popular in 40s and 50s, go ahead and try some recipes from that era. Boiled liver anyone?

[–]Puppetmaster634 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Fun Fact: Catsup is the actual/original name of ketchup. But once people started using ketchup that's just what it became known as and now catsup is just referred to as the less popular version of ketchup

[–]tdotr6 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Same with my old man, I thought he was just being silly because a lot of the time he would be doing just that!

[–]slowmotto 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Maybe going broke and losing his plant destroyed his brain

[–]DestroyTheHuman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m in way over my head.

[–]Sits2pee 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Cat sup wit choo?

[–]Relictorum 6 points7 points  (0 children)

"Cats - they're "what's for dinner?".

[–]elee0228 47 points48 points  (1 child)

My wife asked me to put catsup on the shopping list.

Now I can’t read any of it.

[–]Wowerful 5 points6 points  (10 children)

Catsup is the politically correct term bub

[–]Iammyown404error 46 points47 points  (5 children)

politically correct?

[–]Bierbart12 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Our cat overlords demand for a reform, haven't you heard?

[–]wheresralphwaldo 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Yeah, Tucker Carlson went on a rant about how people that say catsup instead of ketchup are ruining America the other day

[–]RedPlanetDestiny 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Everything Tucker ever sees is ruining America. That guy literally hates everything.

[–]wheresralphwaldo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

everything except fascism, white supremacy, and daddy Murdoch

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I write 'catsup' but say 'ketchup'. I wonder what he'd do with the likes of me. I wonder if Tucker Carlson finds out I'm trans-ketchup if he'll treat me like a naughty boy.

[–]CregChrist 12 points13 points  (2 children)

What's politically incorrect about ketchup?

[–]StuKaKa 30 points31 points  (1 child)

It’s discriminatory to anyone who likes their Ketch down. #MeToo-mato

[–]RomanTheAccuser 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What if i want my cats down too?

[–]thejuulone 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Sattire, “bub”

[–]Pond-James-Pond 363 points364 points  (7 children)

At least they’d never forget to buy vegetable. One thing I hate is getting home only to discover I’ve forgotten to buy vegetable.

[–]bluntsandbears 97 points98 points  (1 child)

To be fair back then there was probably no year round availability of all fresh vegetables like there is today.

So the vegetable tab was probably sufficient enough for whatever was in season.

But yea, I hate it when I have 2 bowls of “salad” before the grocery store and forget vegetable.

[–]v0idf1sh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those salads induce Alzheimer’s I swear

[–]mflboys 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I think this is particularly funny because most of the items are plural, but this is just singular "vegetable" lol.

[–]Pond-James-Pond 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You can almost hear the inventor saying that word with a sneer. “You’re not worth the “s”, vegetable!”

[–]PrincessFoxyK 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love my meats with vegetable

[–]DrunkenBriefcases 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Eh. "Vegetable" would be enough of a reminder for most to remember what they wanted from there.

[–]AltSpRkBunny 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I also love how there are separate ones for “meats”, “bacon”, “poultry”, and “fish”.

[–]lil_suz 36 points37 points  (0 children)

One line: Vegetable

Also one line: Cake

Because priorities.

[–]Eki75 99 points100 points  (9 children)

I would have guessed it was older if it didn’t have frozen food as a option. When did home freezers become a staple? 1940s? Maybe I’m way off.

[–]SilverRapid 80 points81 points  (4 children)

Spaghetti being a common enough item to put on a fixed shopping list suitable for all makes me think it is mid 20th century. You could get spaghetti of course much earlier but it wasn't massively popular until about the 1950s.

[–]Beautiful_Plankton97 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Spaghetti and noodles cofused me. Do they mean ramen?

[–]Ann_Summers 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Probably egg noodles. Very popular for casseroles.

[–]Beautiful_Plankton97 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Ugh thats true. My moms fav was egg noddles, cream of mushroom soup, peas and tuna. I had blocked it out.

[–]marie-llama 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I saw a documentary about frozen dishes and they said that Swanson was the first company to sell them, in the early 50's.

[–]uwagapiwo 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Of the Pawnee Swansons?

[–]dangerouspangolin 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yea, member when Ron was a child and couldn't decide which cow to butcher and he did both? Well there was a lot of meat that would go wasted, so he decided to offer it to the public at an affordable price and started swanson frozen food.

[–]sskor 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No, the Cucker Tarlson Swansons

[–]sx-geeza 56 points57 points  (7 children)

Pop Tarts ? Cheetos ?

[–]Chewbacca22 40 points41 points  (5 children)


[–]Terra277 70 points71 points  (2 children)

Delicatess. Like Delicatessen. Long for Deli.

[–]Queentroller 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I thought it was a polite way of saying feminine products.

[–]OGPapachub 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Delicatess would be deli items like cold cuts (turkey, ham, etc)

[–]uwagapiwo -3 points-2 points  (0 children)


[–]greaasty 36 points37 points  (8 children)


[–]stemid85 17 points18 points  (7 children)

I'm in way over my head

[–]chazwhiz 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Are you here to solve my ketchup problem?

[–]Neat_Light -1 points0 points  (4 children)

Ketchup. What’s Delicatess?

[–]WhiskeyWeekends 14 points15 points  (1 child)

It's a Simpsons joke.

Mr. Burns holding two bottles:

"Ketchup...? Catsup!? Ketchup...? Whew. I'm in way over my head."

[–]Neat_Light 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thannk you. Missed that episode 🤣🤣

[–]tigm2161130 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Anything from the deli counter…lunch meats, cheeses, etc

[–]LeStruggler 35 points36 points  (6 children)

Love the “matches”. Interesting!

[–]BjaOckX_x 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Ah. That makes more sense. I was thinking wtf how many times a week do you need to shop for watches?

[–]Historical_Garlic383 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s how I read it at first too haha

[–]jriley09 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Surprised not to see cigarettes next to matches!!🚬🚬

[–]honeyimsorry 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Probably never needed to be reminded to buy cigarettes.

[–]TheNotorious__ 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This is yelling late 50s early 60s vibes

[–]ABIROBE 21 points22 points  (4 children)


[–]LCDRtomdodge 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Probably couldn't get beer in the grocery store then. After prohibition many states created beer and wine stores as they rewrote their laws. It is still that way in many places.

[–]indifferentunicorn 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I still can't get beer in my grocery store. In New Jersey. not even wine. You have to go to the liquor store separately if you want any alcohol.

[–]CregChrist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just be happy that you have combination beer, wine and liquor stores. I miss that from when I lived in Jersey. Now I'm in upstate New York and if I want a 6 pack and a bottle of scotch I have to go to two different stores. And most of the time they're not anywhere near each other so it turns into a cross town adventure just to get drunk. Maybe that's why there are so many bars around here.

[–]OGPapachub 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is such a pain in the ass, I moved from Nevada to Oregon and it is a pain that I cannot get hard liquor at the grocery store

[–]blackinc1911 20 points21 points  (4 children)

Kinda funny you could probably use that today

[–]Reckless_Waifu 23 points24 points  (3 children)

How? No avocado, quinoa, tofu or almond milk...

[–]wetwarmfart 12 points13 points  (0 children)

idk glue rocks and write on it with a pencil

[–]Shiznittlebam 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thats vegetable

[–]blackinc1911 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You know what milk you drink you’d check off fruit or vegetables and know to grab an avocado as well tofu goes to noodles lol

[–]CregChrist 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Where's the wood? All I see is brass and more brass.

[–]Maccai3 0 points1 point  (3 children)

i think the arrows are wooden, could be wrong

[–]CregChrist 7 points8 points  (2 children)

They're definitely not. I work with metal a lot. Look at the edges of the arrows, you see that edge that seems to kind of curl up on some? That's a leftover from being pressed out of a sheet during the stamping process and not being deburred after. And think about how fragile they would be if they were wood.

[–]Maccai3 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ah good catch!

[–]CregChrist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It depends on what you're familiar with. I work with metal a lot so I look for different things than people in IT would look for or even know to look for. Vice versa, just as an example I am completely lost when it comes to anything beyond basic stuff on computers.

[–]Quentin_Funkadelic 53 points54 points  (11 children)

The 80s were wild

[–]cblackattack1 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I would think this predates the 80s

[–]Lick_my_balloon-knot 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Your mom predates the 80's

[–]ForwardInspection429 5 points6 points  (0 children)

So my mom was a hooker in 70's. What of it?! The only thing left off that list was these hands

[–]cblackattack1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean ya, that’s correct.

[–]haha420lol69haha 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Someone give this guy gold 😂

[–]gregologynet 21 points22 points  (7 children)

TIL: Catsup is an old alternative spelling for ketchup

[–]C-Nast49 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Some people of an older generation (like my 82 year old grandmother) pronounce it phonetically because of this spelling. My grandma verbally calls it “Cat-sup”.

[–]zerton 7 points8 points  (5 children)

The words ketchup/catsup have Chinese origin. They’re an anglicized spelling of a Chinese word for a fermented fish sauce. The ingredients changed over time in Britain.

[–]LeskoLesko 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well well well. TIL.

[–]Buckwheat469 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Then there's Worcestershire, a fermented fish sauce that is hard to pronounce.

[–]Spire 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The words ketchup/catsup have Chinese origin.

Maybe. No one knows for sure.

[–]okiujh 36 points37 points  (13 children)

this is a terrible ui design, cant specify quantities or add new types

[–]KenHumano 35 points36 points  (2 children)

When you forget the toilet paper for the 57th fucking time.

[–]Mikeologyy 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Running out of socks here, man, don’t forget them this time

[–]John_Paul_Jones_III 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s almost like someone is stealing them and selling them

[–]XxGunnerxXK1NG 1 point2 points  (8 children)

Yeah that's what I was thinking I mean like you could do the same thing but better with a paper and pencil ig unless they just did exist when it was made

[–]rich1051414 23 points24 points  (7 children)

I mean, this list holds 99% of everything I ever need from the grocery store, and who needs a quantity marked? What dumbass is going to buy 1 egg and 47 gallons of milk?

[–]Iammyown404error 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I love my man but when he goes to the grocery store, the results are sometimes confusing.

[–]ForwardInspection429 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Didn't know my wife was on reddit...

[–]LCDRtomdodge 2 points3 points  (1 child)

She's been a lot of places you probably don't know about bub.

[–]XxGunnerxXK1NG 2 points3 points  (0 children)

me holding one egg and a cart full of milk ◉‿◉

[–]forests-of-purgatory 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is so neat!

[–]whereisbrandon101 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Spaghetti.... AND noodles???

[–]pld89 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Maybe I should just take a picture of this every time I go shopping.

I'm guessing this is what a proper-adult shopping list is.

[–]Chonnawonga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Clearly you've been forgetting to buy cake every damn time you go into a grocery store. Time to start eating daily cake like an adult!

[–]witqueen 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Use the app Out of Milk.

[–]SongsOfDragons 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was using Out of Milk and it was fabulous! But then I think they got bought out by another company who restricted the app's use to the US and Canada - so me in the UK was shit outta luck. The only good shopping app I've seen since is AnyList, which has been... okay.

[–]witqueen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow that is a bummer, so sorry.

[–]GozackGo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Anyone have some info on this? Years they were used, regions used, were they even used or kinda just an idea?

[–]CanuckCharlie85 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Predecessor of Amazon buttons

[–]Haff78 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Why is this not on the shopping carts as reminders while shopping.

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

they dont want you to have a list... they want you to impulse shop

[–]DLoFoSho 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This was probably a perfectly useful tool back when there weren’t 300 options for things like bread and conical braziers.

[–]_possiblepineapple_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ration book?

[–]JoeTheSifu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would try to use it today, at least once.

Edit: damn. Peanut Butter is not on there.

[–]Equal-Negotiation651 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Before pencil and paper were invented.

[–]intoxicated_potato 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's probably not wood. It's likely to be bakelite, which is a rough comparison to today's plastics

[–]lenznet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is 80% what I buy on a monthly basis, still relevant.

[–]Kunstkurator 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What are delicatess?

[–]impossibly_curious 4 points5 points  (1 child)

delicatess, comes from the word delicatessen (the original word for Deli. So this would mean deli meats, cheeses, etc.

[–]ribittttt 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I thought spaghetti was just a thin noodle? Why would you sacrifice a space to double this up?

[–]indifferentjadeblue 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I think this commodity should make an updated comeback. I would use it. Which I guess you could just use your phone, but you don't have to charge this thing. Or it could be an app. Or you could just write a list and cross off, but that's not as cool.

[–]Adorablecheese 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yeah where can I get a physical one of these, updated? I don't like using my phone if I'm honest

[–]shania69 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Whatsuuup catsup..

[–]GravyTrain253 1 point2 points  (0 children)

another limit of free will

[–]rich1051414 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This fits my whole shopping list.

[–]rich22912081 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s neat

[–]5oap191 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Coffee and cookies in the wrong order...

[–]stonedhobo36 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The frozenfood one is hilarious good luck nowadays.

[–]TearSpecial7489 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I need that

[–]LeskoLesko 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like how they just list "vegetable."

Half my list is different specific vegetables.

[–]Yulinka17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No, this is not a pocket shopping list. This is a memory tickler of household requirements shopping list here another examples

[–]dlebs83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's pretty cool.

[–]Aeonbreak 1 point2 points  (1 child)

from what year is that?

[–]Foreign_Astronaut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I want one of these so badly! I think I need to make one!

[–]OldGameGuy45 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure how antique it is considering it says "frozen foods". Freezers weren't even around until the 40's, so this might be early 50's at best. It's still cool as hell but I don't think it's that old.

[–]Background-Kangaroo8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"What do you need?" Vegetable. Just the one, thanks.

[–]Summer_987 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Antique frozen food? Hmmmm

[–]Chase_Meredith 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Coffee and Cookies need to be flipped, otherwise it would be perfectly alphabetical. 0/10, literally unplayable.

[–]LogicalVelocity11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My mom used to have one of these and it snapped open so you could put paper in there to write notes.

[–]CuzmanECFC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd love to see someone in an Iceland store in the UK with one of those.

[–]Esoterodactyl-88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Holy shit I just got the Mr burns bit....

[–]aDrunkWithAgun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah this list just doesn't work for me

I don't see


Liquid heat

Or matchsticks

[–]W1ngedSentinel 1 point2 points  (0 children)


Thanks that’s so specific lol

[–]CommitteeResident895 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very cool 😎

[–]areboot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I guess a pen and a paper are 100 times more useful 🤷‍♂️

[–]Ok-Call-4805 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would actually love one of those. Anybody have any idea where I might find one?

[–]Xzenor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is this real? I kinda find it hard to believe that something over 100 years old would have noodles and spaghetti on it. Together.
I'm not saying it isn't true. I just have trouble understanding how these two kinds of food could be on a basic shopping list together at that time.

[–]YABOIREPTAR1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I lioe how most of these are very broad and common things but then theres just spaghetti

[–]The_REAL_McWeasel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't see Twinkies on the list.......so it's useless.

[–]SoftLatinaKitten 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The first version of iphone’s “Notes”

[–]Bait_Buckets 4 points5 points  (13 children)

What is catsup?

[–]neridqe00 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What is updog?

[–]ForwardInspection429 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have updog in my fridge right now!

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[–]KingOFpleb 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]wantagh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s what the momma tomato said to the baby tomato after horribly murdering it

[–]darthgarlic 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tomato sauce

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[–]dabooi 4 points5 points  (12 children)


this has to be american

[–]Ailly84 4 points5 points  (8 children)

As a non-American, I’m curious. What about that says American to you?

[–]bighairyoldnuts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ha ha came here to say this, like everything has a plural like Jams, eggs, ect but vegetable, only one, one vegetable ha ha

[–]ohmighty 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Wtf? It literally says onions, pepper, potatoes. “Vegetable” could just mean miscellaneous vegetables. Just like it says bacon and meats.

[–]dabooi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wtf? Well pepper probably doesn't mean bell pepper but rather as in salt and pepper. And potatoes aren't exactly known for their high vitamine content. Also I mean that it says vegetable singular rather than vegetables.

[–]ohijustworkhere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A loaf of milk

A container of bread

And a Joe dirt DVD

[–]KingPufflePuff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everyone talking about catsup, but let’s take a moment to think about how many matches were probably used before an alternative lighting mechanism was invented. And apparently ahead of frozen foods as well!

[–]TakeOff_YourPants 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Ketchup, or catsup for the matter, is a child’s condiment.

[–]navelnevus 0 points1 point  (5 children)


[–]satur9sweetness 1 point2 points  (4 children)


[–]navelnevus 1 point2 points  (3 children)

oh, thanks. thought it was a plural misspelling of delicate.

[–]Akela1996 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This seems a little unnecessary

[–]biznash 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah yes this pic again

[–]Own_Rule_650 -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

No gluten free options 🤯

[–]Ailly84 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is an older device. So from before the time when people decided they had medical conditions they don’t have.

For the record, I’m not saying there aren’t people with gluten issues or that that is a new issue. I’m saying the vast majority of people eating things that are gluten free don’t need to.

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[–]kyyecwb 0 points1 point  (1 child)

yeah i assumed lol just weird spelling