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WHY DID ANDY WARHOL
PAINT SOUP? (AND 7
OTHER SOUP FACTS)
It’s a classic snack, one that’s been enjoyed since the dawn of man, or at least bowls. But what do we really know about soup? Is it liquid or solid? Well… we won’t answer that but we do have some factoids you probably didn’t know about this all-time favorite dish.
WHY DID ANDY WARHOL PAINT SOUP?
In 1962, Andy Warhol produced a work called Campbell’s Soup Cans, introducing an idea called Pop Art that changed the art world forever. Warhol himself said that his fixation with our soup came about as a result of his mother serving him a bowl every day for 20 years. Smart lady!
Under old laws of Newfoundland, seal-hunting vessels were obliged to serve soup on a Saturday. This presumably gave sailors 6 days to wash their spoons.
The classic Campbell’s Red and White can was inspired by the 1898 Cornell University red and white football uniforms. No word on if the can inspired the football team.
Abraham Lincoln celebrated his inauguration with a bowl of mock-turtle soup. What’s in mock-turtle soup, you might ask? You don’t want to know, we would definitely answer.
Chicken Noodle Soup Day is March 13th, just in time for Pi day (not to be confused with Pie Day which is any day you please).
"From soup to nuts" means "from beginning to end", referring to the traditional position of soup as the first course in a multi-course meal. Thankfully, humanity has come a long way from having nuts for dessert.
Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year, which is a bowl for a every single person on earth–plus everyone in Asia can get seconds!
In 1898 John T. Dorrance of Campbell’s, invented condensed soup on a salary of $7.50 a week. One would assume that he got a raise up to eight bucks a week, but our 120 year old payroll records are a little murky.
Sure, soup has a long, storied tradition as a cornerstone of meals around the world, since before written history even began–but here at Campbell’s, we’re even more excited about the future. Namely, getting nutritious, great-tasting food to everyone in the world, no matter who, where, or how.
We have to admit, that Warhol painting is pretty cool.