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A. Bernie Wood
A. Bernie Wood Papers,
1942-2001 (bulk 1960s)

Extent and Forms of Material: 10 cubic feet, including photographs, slides, audio discs, moving image, and some three dimensional packaging (27 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Creator: A. Bernie Wood
Abstract: A. (Arthur) Bernie Wood (1921-1986) was an advertising designer, consultant, and inventor actively involved in the development of the restaurant franchise industry in America during the 1960s and 1970s. Particularly notable is his work with marketing, promotion, and merchandising for the McDonald’s Corporation during its formative years.
Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.;; 202-633-3270;
Collection Number: AC0962
Processing Note: Processed by Alison L. Oswald, archivist, 2008.
© 2009 by the Smithsonian Institution. All rights reserved.


Information for users of the collection

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.
Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow. Collection located at off-site storage area.
Technical Access: Viewing film portion of collection requires special appointment, please inquire. Do not use original materials when available on reference video or audio tapes.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Preferred Citation: [Title and date of item], A. Bernie Wood Papers, 1942-2001 (bulk 1960s), Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX


In-depth information about the collection

Administrative/biographical history
Scope and content
System of arrangement
Acquisition information
Access points
Container listing

Administrative/biographical history

Arthur Bernie Wood (1921-1986) was born in Council Grove, Kansas. Wood graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1939 and subsequently attended several junior colleges and business and trade schools. Wood held a variety of positions in typesetting and lithographic services from 1940 until military service in the United States Navy (1942-1945). In the Navy, Wood served as a Laboratory Technician, 1st Class Photographic Specialist at the Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois. While in the Navy, Wood produced patentable material for a photo-litho process for instant printing techniques through photosynthesis. After being discharged from the Navy, Wood worked for an art studio that serviced advertising agencies. This work involved reproduction art, direct mailing services, mail order books, and newspaper art for Marshall Field's. From 1958 to 1960, Wood established the A. Bernie Wood Studio in Chicago to provide finished photographic art for leading advertising and print publications and television.

In 1961, Wood founded Admart, Inc., Advertising. As the president and creative director of Admart, he created, promoted, and merchandised the new fast-food corporate image of McDonald's Carry-Out Restaurants. While working for McDonald's, Wood designed interior food service floor plans, a logotype, direct mailing materials, posters, newspaper mat campaigns, and radio taped productions (1963-1964). Wood obtained several patents--beverage cup holder (1964), candy box (1967), finger-grip food product containers (1967), and a refreshment tray-forming template (1964) and trademarks--"Chick'n-2-Go" (1968);"NEATRAE" (1967); and "Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store" (1966). Wood, and Donald Conley formed Neat Containers Associates to promote the use of "Neatrae" and license it.

In 1965, Wood founded a franchise business called Ma and Pa's Country Candy Stores in Arlington Heights, Illinois, which he owned and operated with his wife Marilyn until 1972. They also owned another unit in Long Grove, Illinois. As the director and co-founder of this franchise, Wood was responsible for creating names, trademarks, copyrights, and image materials. He sold franchise rights to others, and there were other Ma and Pa's Country Candy Stores located in the United States, especially in St. Louis. He also designed store interiors and exteriors for other clients and supervised construction. From 1964 to 1965, Wood was a freelance designer and consultant on design, marketing, and franchising issues for restaurants and drive-ins. Other corporate images designed by Wood include: Prince Castle, Neba Roast Beef, and Friar Fish's Fish and Chips. Wood expressed his goal to design an image/logo as one "that would be recognized and one that would relate to products, packaging, properties, people, procedures and promotion. Put together, these elements communicated and coordinated the corporate image."

Wood also developed the concept Dial "All Wood," the use of a memorable association of letters rather than phone numbers (255-9663) and requesting specific phone numbers from the local Illinois Bell Telephone.

Wood married Marilyn Dewar (1923-1981) on May 27, 1942, in Kansas City, Missouri. They had five children: Ronald W.; Rhonda C.; Randall S.; Rayne Ann; and Rodger L.

Wood died on April 5, 1986.

Scope and content

The collection documents the post-war development of the franchise business system from an insider's view. Wood participated in almost all aspects of franchising activities from design to ownership. The materials consist of a wide variety of corporate identity elements--primarily visual--developed by Wood under contract to various corporations in the food service industry. Wood delivered his services in design concepts and graphics for advertisers and industrial firms using photo graphics and lithographic media.

The collection is divided into seven series: Series 1, Personal Materials, 1942-1986, undated; Series 2, Business Materials, 1959-2001, undated; Series 3, McDonald's Corporation, 1960-1985; Series 4, Client Files, 1958-1984; Series 5, Patent and Trademark Materials, 1962-1976; Series 6, Photographs, Slides and Negatives, 1963-1975, undated; and Series 7, Audio and Moving Image Materials, 1963, 1964, 1968.

Series 1, Personal Materials, 1942-1986, undated, contains resumes and business cards, an obituary and in memoriam pamphlets, the Central High School Reunion Yearbook (1977), a self-portrait, and other miscellaneous materials. The resumes and business cards provide a good overview of Wood's career. The correspondence, 1942-1945, 1972, consists of a letter of recommendation for Wood and Naval Air Reserve Training Command letters detailing Wood's work for the Photographic and Printing Department and his submission to the United States Navy's "Beneficial Suggestion Plan" of an invention for controlling the lens aperture of a camera process. Wood's idea was filed on July 29, 1946 (US Patent Serial No., 686, 833), but it is unclear whether this invention was pursued by the United States Navy. The self-portrait of Wood is black crayon on mat board depicting Wood in his naval uniform, circa 1940s. An oversize black-and-white photograph of Wood can be found in box 23. Other miscellaneous materials include a Frank Lloyd Wright Day proclamation and invitation, October 1956; an article, photograph and campaign button related to Alf Landon, Governor of Kansas from 1933-1937 and 1936 GOP candidate for United States President; a voter registration card; American Academy of Art School brochures and photocopies of the "two fisted double barreled Mickey Mouse Horse" named Cynthia drawn by Wood.

Series 2, Business Materials, 1959-2001, undated, is divided into three subseries: Subseries 1, Franchise information, 1961-2001; Subseries 2, Design work, undated; and Subseries 3, Reference materials, 1959-1972. This series deals primarily with documentation on the topic of franchising and activities related to Wood's own business, Admart, Inc., and other business interests. Wood's own franchise, Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store, is represented here. Photographs related to Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store is in Series 6, Photographs, Slides and Negatives, 1963-1968.

Subseries 1, Franchise information, 1961-2001, includes examples of letterhead used by Wood for business purposes, specifically Admart, Inc., Advertising, and correspondence, awards, and general franchise information. The correspondence is sparse and the three letters relate to the topic of franchising and one for shares owned by Wood in the American Flavor Corporation. The annual report planning chart is a generic chart detailing the concept (ideas/direction), planning (copy and design layout), writing (art), and production (printing /distribution) of an annual report with an established time frame. The award given to Wood is from Food Services Executives Association and Paper Cup and Container Institute. It was given for, "outstanding use of imprinting on paper cups or food containers in the promotion of specialties of the house." The International Design Conference (Aspen) (IDCA) materials in this series consist of printed emails from 2001 determining whether or not Wood was a 1959 participant of IDCA. See Series 6 for photographs of the IDCA from 1964. The International Franchise Association, Inc., materials include a program for the February 1962 meeting and other printed materials Wood designated as part of the International Franchise Association file. The Food Facilities Engineering Society meeting of May 1965 includes personal notes taken by Wood at the meeting and the Food Facilities Engineering Society News, 1965 and the National Restaurant Association Take-Out technical bulletin, undated. Of note is a photocopied example of a one page, annotated Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken, Inc., franchise contract from 1961. The National Franchise Reports, June 1964 to August 1964 and November 1964 provide franchise news and a list of services. Also included in this file is printed material from the Paper Cup and Container Institute, Inc., on Central Kitchens and Paper Service Newest Idea in School Feeding. The publications include a variety of writing on business by Wood and others, about the ownership of a franchise and franchising in general. Select titles include Franchising Around the World, Modern Franchising, and Quickservice Operations Management.

Subseries 2, Design work, undated, consists of a notebook, a scrapbook, drawings and sketches. The design notebook was assembled and presumably used by Wood as a reference tool. It contains artwork for potential ads for several different companies--;Johnson Wax, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Whirlpool, and Studebaker--and there is no accompanying text. Additional design work includes loose drawings and sketches for a portable 3D-Stereo and unidentified logo development on mat board; artwork for Vigoro Complete Plant Food, also on mat board; and pencil holiday sketches of wreathes, holly, reindeer, stars, trees, snowmen and crèche scenes. There is one Christmas point-of-purchase ad developed by Wood for Hallmark [Mob Tall?] which was intended to be used in place of mistletoe. The Lettering Scrapbook was assembled, created and presumably referred to by Wood during his design work. Wood developed a lettering classification system which is listed at the beginning of the scrapbook. All of the lettering examples were clipped from magazines or newspapers.

Subseries 3, Reference materials, 1959-1972, consists of publications about franchising, mobiles celebrating the Christmas season and one depicting "Elmer the elephant," and magazine advertisements, circa 1950s. The advertisements consist of black-and-white and color advertisements clipped from magazines and newspapers and assembled and used by Wood as a reference tool. The ads are arranged alphabetically by company name with the product name noted parenthetically. For example, Crown Jewel Ware, Inc., (cookware). A variety of products are represented from candy to washing machines.

Series 2, McDonald's Corporation, 1960-1985, is divided into eight subseries: Subseries 1, Background, 1963, 1985, undated; Subseries 2, Corporate materials, 1960-1984; Subseries 3, McDonald's System, Inc., 1964; Subseries 4, Newsletters, 1960-1964, 1983; Subseries 5, Advertising and Marketing; Subseries 6, Packaging, 1964, undated; Subseries 7, Sales, 1963, 1964, [1972?], undated; Subseries 8, Miscellaneous, 1960s, 1979, undated. This series is one of the largest and most significant. It represents the bulk of Wood's client work for McDonald's in the early 1960s.

Subseries 1, Background materials, 1963, 1985, undated, contains a booklet in memory of Ray Kroc (1952-1984), founder of the McDonald's Corporation in 1955. The booklet provides an overview of the birth of McDonald's and its success. There is also a Method of Operation booklet for new employees detailing the "formula" and "principles" for the foundation of the McDonald's method. There are also newspaper clippings, 1960-1984 about Ray Kroc and McDonald's in general.

Subseries 2, Corporate materials, 1960-1984, consists of correspondence primarily from Don Conley, Vice President, to other staff about Bernie Wood's services, international franchising issues, and area franchise agreements. The McDonald's trademark information consists of memos from Ray Kroc to John Horn, Advertising Manager, about the use of the McDonald's trademark on various items, including an ashtray. The materials also include a status report on trademarks and service marks of the McDonald's Corporation from December 1962. Service marks are a type of trademark used to identify a service rather than a product. A service mark is federally registered and the standard registration symbol ® or "Reg U.S. Pat & TM Off" is used. A service mark is used on the advertising of the service rather than on the packaging. Some of the corporate identity pieces include letterhead, envelopes and examples of diplomas bestowing a bachelor of "Hamburgerology" from Hamburger University on an employee for completing the basic operator's course.

The three press kits contain different types of materials including: printed product literature, press release sheets with anecdotes about McDonald's, fact sheets, McDonald's success story, the history of the hamburger, what McDonald's means to the local community, and information on how best to use the McDonald's press kit. Cooper Golin, Inc., a public relations, marketing, and sales promotion firm, generated the press information sheets.

Subseries 3, Newsletters, 1960-1964, 1983, contains an incomplete run and consists of two types--those intended for employees and others intended for customers. McDonald's the Drive-in with the Arches Newsletter and On the Go with McOPCO (McDonald's Operating Company) were created for employees while the Adams and Wells Street Journal was for customers of the Adams and Wells Street McDonald's in Chicago, Illinois.

Subseries 4, Advertising and marketing materials, 1971-1978, undated, contains specialty pieces for specific McDonald's products such as the Bopper Balloon or the All American Advertising Campaign. The campaign materials include product differentiation flyers, yet all the pieces were intended to influence demand. This series demonstrates the wide variety of advertising pieces Wood created--balloons, matchbooks, puzzles, coupons, placemats, paper bags, and a calendar--to convey the McDonald's message and image.

Subseries 5, Packaging, 1964 and undated, contains items collected or created by Wood such as the Neatrae. The packaging represents a container that was formed to hold food or in the instance of the McDonald's Bank, coins.

Subseries 6, Sales, 1963, 1964, [1972?], undated, consists of a property checklist and a lease. The property checklist was to be completed by real estate personnel, and it detailed traffic, distance to business activities, land information, zoning data, and general site information such as water, sewer, natural gas and wiring lines. The lease is an example of what terms were agreed to between the "lessor" and McDonald's System, Inc. The bulk of the sales materials include proposals developed by Wood in five areas: System of Success, Public Relations, Sales Areas, Sales Promotions, and Miscellaneous. The "System of Success Communication Within and Without" is a proposal that addresses the issue of troubleshooting and training personnel. Wood's method is based on check chart comparisons and communication ideas. This proposal contains a McDonald's organizational chart. The second proposal is "Public Relations" and contains Wood's outline for "nostalgic paraphernalia" or a "longing for the good times." The "Sales Area" proposal details the sales success system for certain sales territories in the United States and for how McDonald's can succeed. Sales Promotion defines the objective and a plan for approaching it in very general terms. Lastly, the miscellaneous file holds a drive-in restaurant industry consumer survey conducted by the Consumer Research Section at WCOL radio in Cincinnati, Ohio. This survey also contains three articles from operators of coffee houses and drive-in restaurants discussing the services, food and coffee quality, and associated costs and profits. There are some examples of "tests" given to window men to check their speed and accuracy in calculating the cost of food and in making correct change.

There is one black, plastic vinyl briefcase emblazoned with the McDonald's logo.

Subseries 7, Drawings, 1960s-1970s, contains line drawings, photocopies of drawings, and plans for interior and exterior elements associated with McDonald's as well as equipment and products. Many of the drawings are photocopies that depict exterior and interior features at a McDonald's restaurant. These include the drive-through window, lighting and heating, window equipment, and a site plan for the Wheeling, Illinois, McDonald's. There are mock-up line drawings for McDonald's products and accessories (garbage cans, mustard dispensers, litter scoops, fish timers, and spatulas) available from Prince Castle Company, a subsidiary of the Martin Brower Company.

Series 4, Client Files, 1958-1984, is arranged alphabetically by client or project name. In most instances, it is noted what type of material exists for each file such as a license agreement or promotional literature. The majority of documentation in this series consists
of artwork and promotional materials Wood designed for the client. He performed a variety of activities and services for his clients and the documentation for each client/project is uneven. Overall characteristics for these files include: artwork, articles, logos, newsletters, packaging such as bags, postcard ads, promotional literature, paper dolls, stationery and corporate image and identity, newsletters such as the Bell News for Illinois Bell Telephone, brochures, and handwritten notes by Wood on operations, training, and sales issues.

Series 5, Patent and Trademark Materials, 1962-1976, is divided into two subseries Subseries 1, Patents and patent applications, 1962-1969, 1975-1976 and Subseries 2, Trademarks, 1964-1970.

The patents and patent application materials are arranged chronologically by issue date. Some of the patents did not issue, and therefore only the serial application number or relevant information is provided. Overall, the patent files contain originals and copies of correspondence, drawings, application forms, and in some instances, examples of Wood's inventions such as the beverage cup holder or the carton forming pattern in cardboard pattern form. An example of the carton forming pattern (US Patent Serial No., 455,463) as Wood envisioned it as a Golden Arches Dessert box is in Series 4, McDonald's, box 12. Wood's photocomposition font storage device invention relates generally to improvements in photographic compositors, and it relates particularly to an improved character (storage devices and optical retrieval) and projection system. Wood worked with the Varitype Division of Addressograph Multigraph Corporation to prepare and prosecute his patent application. Documentation includes correspondence, pencil drawings on tracing paper, and product literature from Varitype.

The trademark materials, 1964-1970, include some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) materials and specific trademark information for Chick'n-2-Go, Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store, McDonald's, and Neatrae Containers. The FDA information includes printed material such as Facts for Consumers, Food Standards, 1964; How the FDA Works for You, 1966; Read the Label on Food, Drugs, Devices, Cosmetics and Household Chemicals, 1965.

The trademark documentation is arranged alphabetically by company name and contains memos, correspondence, trademark search reports, and the published trademark if issued. In some instances there is evidence of foreign trademark materials, especially for the NEATRAE. The Neatrae Container Association documentation consists of licensing patent applications, trademark assignments, and other correspondence detailing a partnership between Daniel Greenwood, Elgin Milk Corporation, Bernie Wood, and Dan Conelly for trademark use of "NEATRAE." NEATRAE was trademarked to be used in conjunction with a finger-grip food container (US Patent No., 3,355,082) that Wood patented.

Series 6, Photographs, Slides and Negatives, 1953-1975, is divided into three subseries: Subseries 1, Biographical, 1964, 1975, undated; Subseries 2, Client Files, 1963-1968; and Subseries 3, Slide presentations, 1953-1969, undated and includes slides, negatives, transparencies, black-and-white prints and color prints. The majority of documentation consists of slides created and assembled by Wood for presentations he presumably gave to prospective clients highlighting his work and promoting the idea of "franchising." The slide presentations depict interior and exterior shots of various restaurants, restaurant employees, signage, and staged images of food products and packaging. This series also contains Minox film--strips of film 9.2mm wide, or less--of McDonald's billboards, other signage, food products, and packaging. Minox is both a type of camera and the name of a company. The camera associated with the Minox name is the sub-miniature series using the 8 x 11mm film format, first designed by Walter Zapp in the 1930s. The film is held in a small cartridge, and the strips can be up to 50 frames in length.

Series 7, Audio and Moving Image Materials, 1963, 1964, 1968, is divided into two subseries: Subseries 1, Audio Materials, 1963, 1964, 1968 and Subseries 2, Moving Image Materials, undated. There are 7", 10", and 12" audio discs for the McDonald's Carryout Restaurants radio campaign. There is only one disc that is not part of the radio campaign, the New Sound Up, Up, and Away TWA, 1968. This is an atypical vinyl disc. While it is 33 1/3" RPM, it is square and not as rigid as the other vinyl discs. There are several rolls of 35 mm safety film (cellulose acetate) depicting a McDonald's drink cup and an unidentified McDonald's Restaurant. These rolls of film have been spliced together by the Archives Center staff to form a compilation. References copies of these materials are not available.

System of arrangement

Series 1, Personal Materials, 1942-1986, undated
Series 2, Business Materials, 1959-2001, undated
Subseries 1, Franchise information, 1961-2001
Subseries 2, Design work, undated
Subseries 3, Reference materials, 1959-1972
Series 3, McDonald's Corporation, 1957-1985
Subseries 1, Background materials, 1963, 1985, undated
Subseries 2, Corporate materials, 1960-1984
Subseries 3, Newsletters, 1960-1964, 1983
Subseries 4, Advertising and marketing materials, 1957-1978, undated
Subseries 5, Packaging, 1964, undated
Subseries 6, Sales materials, 1963, 1964, [1972?], undated
Subseries 7, Drawings, 1960s-1970s
Series 4, Client Files, 1958-1984
Series 5, Patent and Trademark Materials, 1962-1976
Subseries 1, Patents and patent applications, 1962-1969, 1975-1976
Subseries 2, Trademarks, 1964-1970
Series 6, Photographs, Slides and Negatives, 1963-1975, undated
Subseries 1, Biographical, 1964, 1975, undated
Subseries 2, Client Work, 1963-1968
Subseries 3, Slide Presentations, 1963-1969, undated
Series 7, Audio and Moving Image Materials, 1963, 1964, 1968
Subseries 1, Audio Materials, 1963, 1964, 1968
Subseries 2, Moving Image Materials, undated


Some materials in Japanese and Spanish.

Acquisition information

This collection was donated by Rayne Ann Wood, daughter of A. Bernie Wood, on February 25, 2007.

Access points

Franchises (Retail trade)
Restaurants, lunch rooms, etc.

Antique Airmen, Inc.
B & M Corporation
Cheesery's, Inc.
Coca Cola
Conley, Donald
Freedom Train
Friar Fish's Fish and Chips
Illinois Bell Telephone
Kroc, Ray
Ma & Pa's Country Candy Store
Neba Roast Beef Restaurant's, Inc.
Odorite of America, Inc.
Orange Crush
Pig-N-Go Bar-B-Q
Prince Castle, Inc.
Texaco, Inc.
Williams Jr., Harrison A.

Advertisements--20th Century
Business cards
Business records--1950-2000
Design drawings--1950-2000
Greeting Cards
Minox film

Container listing

Box Folder  
1 1 Resumes and business cards, undated
  2 Obituary, 1986
  3 Correspondence, 1942-1945
  4 Central High School (Kansas City) Reunion Yearbook, 1977
  5 Self portrait of A. Bernie Wood, circa 1940s
  6 Frank Lloyd Wright Day invitation, 1956 October 4
  7 Alf Landon (Governor of Kansas) materials, 1979
22 1 Alf Landon (Governor of Kansas) Landon Alf campaign button, 1936
1 8 Miscellaneous-Voter Registration card, 1964; The American Academy of Art, undated; and Mickey Mouse sketch, undated
22 3 Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce money clip of A. Bernie Wood, 1965-1967
    Subseries 1, Franchise Information, 1961-2001
1 9 Business cards and letterhead, undated
  10 Admart, Inc., (invoice, letterhead, business reply envelope), 1966 and undated
  11 Correspondence, 1970
17 1 Annual report planning chart, undated
1 12 Award (Food Service Executives Association and Paper Cup and Container Institute), undated
  14 International Design Conference (Aspen), 2001, undated
  15 International Franchise Association, Inc., 1962
  16 Food Facilities Engineering Society, 1965 May
  17 Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise contract, 1961
  18 National Fanchise reports, 1964
3 12 Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store (promotional materials), 1966
14 5 Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store (packaging), undated
8 5 Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store (trademark information), 1965-1967
19 8 Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store (watercolor and photograph), undated
  9 Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store (blueprint construction plans), 1965
2 19 Wood, A. Bernie. "A Dignified Image for a 15c Hamburger," Sign and Display Industry, 1963 October
2 4 Wood, A. Bernie. "Look Up and Love What You See!" Quickservice, 1972.
2 5 Wood, A. Bernie. "A Preface and Premise to a Promising Corporate Image," undated.
    Subseries 2, Design Work, undated
1 13 Design Notebook, undated
10 5 Portable 3-D stereo drawings, undated
  6 Unidentified design drawings, undated
  7 Lettering Scrapbooks (photocopy), undated
  8-11 Lettering Scrapbooks (original), undated
14 9 Holiday sketches by Wood (pencil), undated
19 10 Pair of hands (chalk on paper), undated
    Subseries 3, Reference Materials, 1959-1972
1 20 Bills, Ben Franklin. Ways To Successful Persuasion in Business and the Professions, 1959.
1 21 Anonymous. "Franchising," undated
1 22 Franchising Around the World, 1968 October
2 1 Modern Franchising, 1965 January/February and September/October
  2 Quickservice Operations Management, 1971 November/December
  3 Anonymous. "Sizzle, Sizzle," Forbes, 1968 June 15
3 6 Chris Mobile (Yuletide), 1955
15 1-2 Chris Mobile (Holly and Snowflake), undated
  3 Chris Mobile (Mistletoe), undated
  4 Chris Mobile (Ornament), undated
16 7-8 Chris Mobile (Religious Creche), undated
17 12 Chris Mobile (Christmas Tree), undated
  13 Chris Mobile (Festive Carolers), undated
16 5 Scamanda Mobiles (Santa Mobile), 1953
16 4 Elmer's (elephant) Mobile, undated (includes Howdy Doody envelope)
9 1 5 Day Deodorant pads
14 1 7-Up
9 1 Air-o-Magic Men's Shoe Division
    American Meat Institute
    Apex (washer)
    Artbeck Products (baster)
    Aunt Jemima (syrup)
  2 Bendix Home Appliances
  O/S Fldr. 1 Borden Company (dairy), 1952
O/S Fldr. 2
Bowman (dairy), 1950-1951
    Brachs (candy)
9 3 Club Aluminum Products Company
    Campbell's (soup)
    Carson Pirie Scott (department store)
    Certo (fruit pectin)
    Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee (spaghetti dinner)
    Converted Rice, Inc.
    Crane Company (plumbing and heating)
    Crown Jewel Ware, Inc. (cookware)
    Custom Built Homes
9 4 Dash Armour (dog food)
  O/S Fldr. 1 Delrich Oleomargarine, 1952
9 4 Dole
    Domestic Sewing Machine Company
    Dormeyer Corporation (mixers and grinders)
    Dusharme (hair crème)
    Ecko Products Company (housewares)
    EndoPest (fungicide)
    Everbest (tomato perseveres)
    Eversharp, Inc. (pens)
  5 Green Giant (vegetables)
    H.W. Gossard Company (panty girdle)
    Fox River Valley Knitting Company
    Franco American (beef gravy)
  6 Hawthorn-Melody Farms Dairy
    Hoover Company (vacuums)
  O/S Fldr. 1 International Live Stock, 1954
9 6 Jergens (powder and lipstick)
    Jet-Sulation (insulation)
    Juice King (juice machine)
    Karo (syrup)
    Kellogg's (cereal)
    Kroehler Furniture
    Kroeger Coffee
    Kromex (bun warmer)
  7 Libby's (canned food)
    Life Savers (candy)
    Lincoln Lumber Company
    Lustron Home
    Lytton's (department store)
  8 Marshall Field and Company (department store)
  9 McKesson and Robbins, Inc. (drug manufacturer)
    Maidenform (lingerie)
    Manor House Coffee
    Marlboro (cigarettes)
    Milky Way (candy bars)
    Maytag (appliances)
    Minute Rice
    Monarch (canned vegetables)
    Morris B. Sachs, Inc. (department store)
    Morton Salt
9 10 Nescafe (instant coffee)
  O/S Fldr. 1 Oscar Mayer (wieners), 1954
9 10 Ozite (carpet cushion)
    Pabst Blue Ribbon (beer)
    G.H. Poulsen and Company (surgical/medical)
    Proctor Electric Company
    Pullman Couch Company (chairs and couches)
  11 Roblee Shoes
    Reddi Whip
    Revere Copper and Brass, Inc.
    Russell Steel Products Company
    Salerno-Megowen Biscuit Company
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co. (pens)
    Schlitz (beer)
    Schulze and Burch (saltine cracker)
  12 Seagram's (liquor)
    Singer Manufacturing (sewing machines)
    Solitair Cake make-up
    Spring Air Company (mattresses)
    Staley Manufacturing (syrup)
    Stokley-Van Camp (tomato catsup)
    Stopette Spray Deodorant
    Swift and Company (lard, turkey, chicken, bacon, shortening, and peanut butter)
  13 Sunbeam Corporation
    Thor Corporation (automatic washer)
    Tru-Glo Make-up
    Wurlitzer (organs)
16 2 Zenith (televisions)
    Subseries 1, Background Materials, 1963, 1985, undated
5 1 In Memory of Ray Kroc (booklet), 1985
  2 An Introduction to McDonald's, undated
5 10 Newspaper clippings, 1960-1984
    Subseries 2, Corporate Materials, 1960-1964, 1983
  3 Corporate structure chart, 1961 May 1
  4 Correspondence, 1962
5 18 McDonald's trademark information, 1962, 1964, 1980
5 5 Diploma and honorary degree from Hamburger University, undated
20 7 Diploma and honorary degree from Hamburger University, undated
5 6 Envelopes (for McDonald's Operators Association), undated
  7 Letterhead (for McDonald's System, Inc. and McDonald's Research and Development Laboratory), undated
  8 Annual report, 1963
  9 Press kits, 1963-1964
20 2 Press kits (empty folder samples), undated
    Subseries 3, Newsletters, 1960-1983
  12 McDonald's the Drive-in with the Arches Newsletter, 1960 November/December
  13 McDonald's the Drive-in with the Arches Newsletter, 1961 January-November
  14 McDonald's the Drive-in with the Arches Newsletter, 1962
  15 McDonald's the Drive-in with the Arches Newsletter, 1963 March and undated
  16 On the Go with McOPCO, 1963 March and 1964 January
  17 Adams and Wells Street Journal (Adams and Wells Street McDonald's in Chicago, Illinois), 1983
    Subseries 4, Advertising and Marketing Materials, 1957-1978, undated
6 1 All American advertising campaign, undated
20 3 Air-O-Plane, 1957
19 4 Big Mac, Apple pie, and a Hallmark ad (sliding format), undated
11 7 Bopper Portfolio (includes McDonald's and Chevy), 1965
6 2 Bopper balloon bouncers, undated
20 8 Bopper (artwork), undated
11 8 Big Mac carton (invitation) for a grand opening in Northbrook, Illinois, 1976
18 4 Birthday club, undated
18 8 Coke in a McDonald's cup, undated
18 8 Cold drink flavors, undated
6 3 Coupon for Big Mac, undated
18 8 French fries, 1963
6 4 Labels (art work), undated
17 3 Logo (artwork), undated
11 5 McDonaldland repeating puzzle, 1978
18 8 McDonald's Hat, 1963
11 6 Matchbooks, undated
18 5 Menu tabs (artwork), undated
11 10 Placemat, 1985
18 8 Staff employees in kitchen, undated
11 10 Stickie Stasher advertisement, undated
    Artwork (general), undated
11 7 Coast-to-Coast Directory, undated
11 8 Morton Grove-Niles Local Telephone Directory, 1975-1976
16 1 Morton Grove-Niles Local Telephone Directory, 1975-1976
6 9 Marketing research Group, 1971 (for Mid-west region market share on drive-in fast food restaurants)
17 7 Advertisement layout for McDonald's [car?], undated
  9-11 Promotional calendar, 1964 January to 1964 June
17 10 Clownie cut-ups, undated
19 5 Clownie cut-ups/fun face mask, undated
17 11 Coca-cola "coke" folders, undated
  12 Gobblin's Go For...McDonald's (balloon), undated
16 6 Concept logos and label (photostats), undated
19 7 Hamburger, French fries, and drink (artwork), undated
20 4 Holiday gift order ideas, undated
  5 Ronald McDonald (artwork), undated
  6 French Fry ad, undated
22 1 Tie clips and metal logos, undated
  3 I Love McDonald's button, undated
    Subseries 5, Packaging, 1964, undated
17 13 Neatrae, 1964
21   Neatrae parfait trays, undated
22 3 Neatrae parfait trays, undated
17 14 Paper bag, undated
10 3 Golden Arches Dessert box, 1964
12   Golden Arches Dessert box (with parfait trays), 1964
11 9 Happy Meal (carton), 1984
10 3 McDonald's bank, [1962?]
    Subseries 6, Sales Materials, 1963, 1964, [1972?], undated
6 15 Master location check list and lease, undated
  16 Menu tab (order forms), undated
  17 "System of Success, Communication Within and Without," undated
  18 "Public Relations" (personal and public), 1975, undated
  19 "Sales Areas, The Sales Success System," circa 1964
  20 Sales Promotion proposal, undated
  21 Miscellaneous (drive-in restaurant industry consumer survey), 1963
6 24 Test for window men in making change, undated
13   McDonald's briefcase, undated
  O/S Fldr. 1 McDonald's First in French Fries (artwork), undated
    Those Who Know Go to McDonald's (artwork), undated
    "25 Years Built on Trust" (poster), 1980
    Subseries 7, Drawings, 1960s-1970s
17 4 Counter light, 1973 December
Stain glass room divider, 1973 January
Service divider wall, undated
Space division, undated
Mansard wooden railing, undated
Tiffany Matisse flower garden, 1973 December
Ceiling electric, 1973 December
Profile sections, 1973 December
Energy (logo), undated
17 6 Line drawing of unidentified equipment (juice maker?), undated
6 22 Line drawings for McDonald's products, [1972?]
17 8 Line drawings for McDonald's products, [1972?]
18 9 Line drawings for McDonald's products, [1972?]
6 23 Drawings and plans for McDonald's exterior and interior, 1960s and 1979
5 11 Whirling Square plan view (a food processing package) by Bernie Wood, 1964 March
  O/S Fldr. 1 Plat and preliminary drawings for McDonald's in Wheeling, Illinois, (ink on vellum, pencil), undated
    McDonald's Carry-Out Restaurant Plan (sketch in pencil and ink), 1961
    Plan for McDonald's in Niles, Illinois (pencil on tracing paper), 1973 November 7
19 6 McDonald's in Niles, Illinois (drawings, photographs, artwork), undated
18 3 Drawings for locking system for carts and racks, 1971
  6 Line drawings for McDonald's arch, undated
  7 Line drawings for McDonald's cargo cans, 1962
20 1 Whirling Square (sketches), 1964 March
    SERIES 4, CLIENT FILES, 1958-1984
2 6 Afri-Kingdom (promotional literature, and logos), 1970-1972
11 1 Afri-Kingdom (artwork), 1969
2 7 Antique Airmen, Inc., (logos and stationery), 1974, 1976, undated
  8 Antique Airmen, Inc., (souvenir program), 1974 September
  9 Antique Airmen, Inc., (Airmen News), 1974, 1976
14 2 Antique Airmen, Inc. (artwork), undated
2 10 Aunt Jemima's Kitchen, (promotional material), undated
14 2 Aunt Jemima's Kitchen (artwork), undated
11 2 Automart (artwork for logo), undated
10 1 Bankers Life and Casualty (certificate), undated
2 11 B and M Corporation, (product literature), 1963
  O/S Fldr. 1 Big Barney Automatic Auto Wash in Ohio (drawings), 1968 April 25
10 2 Bowman Dairy milk drawing (pencil), undated
2 12 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (license agreement), 1965, 1966
  13 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (franchise philosophy), 1964-1965
  14 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (operations), undated
  15 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (maintenance), undated
  16 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (management), 1964
  17 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (promotional materials), 1963
  18 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (miscellaneous planning), undated
3 1 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (counter sales), undated
  2 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (lighting), 1965
  3 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (notes by Bernie Wood), 1965, undated
  4 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., (other cheese shop gift catalogs), 1965, undated
  5 Chick'n-2-Go, 1969
14 4 Coca Cola "Coke" (rendering and market ideas), 1958
14 6 Ole King Coke (photographs and "bottle rider"), 1958
3 7 Friar Fish's Fish and Chips (Don Browne's Design-A-Glass Portfolio), 1971
11 3 Friar Fish's Fish and Chips (art samples E and D), undated
Friar Fish's Fish and Chips (artwork), undated
19 1 Friar Fish's Fish and Chips (scrapbook), 1968
18 2 Fridgie, undated
16 3 Hallmark [Mob Tall] point of purchase advertisement, undated
19 2 Hallmark toy cards, circa 1970s
11 4 Hi-Crest (freezers), undated
3 8 Illinois Bell Telephone (annual reports), 1961, 1963
  9 Illinois Bell Telephone (Bell News), 1960 August/September and 1961 August
7 10 Illinois Bell Telephone (The Final Index of Management), 1964
11 5 Instant Printing (product literature and photograph), 1965, 1966
3 11 Johnson Wax (proposal), undated
19 3 Johnson Wax (drawings), undated
  O/S Fldr. 1 [J.J. Jewel Wash Wax artwork?], undated
19 11 Marlboro Man (photograph), undated
10 4 Milky Way (candy bar) illustration, undated
14 7 Mulligan's (sketches and floor plans), 1969
4 1 National Heritage Life Insurance Company, 1972
  2 Neba Roast Beef Restaurant, Inc., (promotional materials), 1960s
  3 Neba Roast Beef Restaurant, Inc., (scrapbook), 1967
11 11 Neba Roast Beef Restaurant, Inc., (advertisement and photograph), undated
22 1 Neba Roast Beef Restaurant, Inc., (tie clip), undated
4 4 Odorite of America, Inc. (product information), 1963-1964
11 13 Orange Crush (artwork), undated
4 5 Prince Castle, Inc., (advertising schedule), 1981-1982
  6 Prince Castle, Inc., (product literature), 1984-1985
  7 Prince Castle, Inc., (Castle News), 1984 January/February
  8 Bart Starr Restaurant, 1969
  9 Texaco, Inc., 1964
  10 Tote-A-Poke (convenience store), undated
4 11 Yogotries Corporation (advertising and labels), undated
14 8 Yogotries Corporation (mobile), undated
    Subseries 1, Patents and Patent Applications, 1962-1969, 1975-1976
  3 Beverage cup holder for motor vehicle doors, 1962-1965
US Patent 3,128,983
filed 1963 March 4
issued 1964 April 14
  4 Candy Box, 1967, 1969
US Design Patent 208,112
filed 1966 March 18
issued 1967 July 18
  5 Carton forming pattern, 1964-1967
US Patent Serial No., 455,463
filed 1965 March 13
  6 Finger-Grip Food-Product Containers, 1965-1967
US Patent 3,355,082
filed 1965 April 13
issued 1967 November 28
8 1 Method and means for controlling the lens aperture of a process camera, 1946-1947
US Patent Serial No., 686,833
filed 1946 July 29
  2 Refreshment tray-forming template, 1963-1964
US Patent 3,145,848
filed 1963 May 3
issued 1964 August 25
11 14 Photocomposition font storage device, 1975-1976
    Subseries 2, Trademarks, 1964-1970
7 1 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facts for consumers, 1964-1967
8 3 Chick'n-2-Go and Afri-Kingdom (fried chicken), 1969-1970
8 4 NEATRAE (finger-grip food-product containers), 1964-1967
14 10 NEATRAE (plastofilms for finger-grip food-product containers), 1966
7 2 Neat Containers Associates (trademark agreements), 1964-1969
    Subseries 1, Biographical, 1964, 1975, undated
23 1 A. Bernie Wood, 1964, undated
18 1 A. Bernie Wood, undated
23 2 International Design Conference (IDCA) at Aspen, 1964
  3 Freedom Train, 1975
    Subseries 2, Client Files, 1963-1968
  4 Afri-Kingdom, 1969
  5 Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., 1965
  6 Chock-Full-O-Nuts, 1966
  7 Friar Fish's Fish and Chips, undated
  8 Illinois Bell Telephone, 1964
  9 Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store, 1965-1968
  10 Ma and Pa's Country Candy Store (located in Illinois), 1968
  11 Mulligan's, 1969
  12 Neba Roast Beef Restaurant, Inc., 1968
11 12 Pacific Air, undated
23 13 Study of store fronts (research for Ma and Pa's Country Candy Stores?), 1965
  14 Miscellaneous, 1963-1964 (includes Carolina Cougars, Continental Airlines, and McDonald's)
14 11 Miscellaneous and unidentified, undated
24 1 McDonald's-Executives (unidentified head shots), undated
  2 McDonald's-A. Bernie Wood and Ray Kroc, undated
  3 McDonald's-Wood Family at a McDonald's restaurant, undated
  4 McDonald's-University of Teaching, undated
  5 McDonald's-Bopper, 1963
  6 McDonald's-Ronald McDonald Clown, 1964
  7 McDonald's-Balloon and cup holder, undated
  8 McDonald's-Award winning cup, undated
  9 McDonald's-Radio commercial of Admart, Inc., undated
  10 McDonald's-Neatrae, 1966
  11 McDonald's-Billboards, 1964
  12 McDonald's-Billboards and signs, undated
  13 McDonald's-Hawaii location, undated
  14 McDonald's-Planning in Arlington Heights, Illinois, 1965
  15 McDonald's-Wheeling, Illinois, 1983
  16 McDonald's-Miscellaneous (staged food products), undated
6 25 McDonald's-Seafood test photographs, undated
  26 McDonald's-Drive-through negatives, 1979 March
11 6 McDonald's-Apple pie (photographs), undated
17 5 McDonald's-Various food products, undated
  O/S Fldr. 1 McDonald's-Unidentified, undated
    Subseries 3, Slide Presentations, 1963-1969, undated
25 1 Admart, Inc., [1964?]
  2 Franchise Food Corporation, undated
  3 Unidentified, circa 1964
  4 Unidentified, public relations, undated
  5 Advertising and public relations, undated
  6 Advertising, public relations and signs, undated
  7 Advertising and public relations, undated
26 1 McDonald's branding, 1963-1964
  2 Sales marketing for Johnson Wax? Afri-Kingdom, Friar Fish's and McDonald's, [1964 or 1969?]
  3 McDonald's Bopper, 1964
Cheese Spot Cheesery's, Inc., 1965
Pig-N-Go Pit Bar-B-Q, 1969
Mulligan's, 1969
  4 Neba Roast Beef (exterior and interior views), circa 1965
  5 McDonald's, 1963-1965
  6 Unidentified (advertising and packaging issues?), 1960s
    Subseries 1, Audio Materials, 1963, 1964, 1968
27   "McDonald's Carryout Restaurants," 1963
Presentation of McDonald's Radio Campaign
7" vinyl promotion disc, 33 1/3 rpm (3 copies)
Produced by Admart, Inc., Advertising
    "McDonald's Carryout Restaurants," 1964 February 29
10" vinyl promotion disc, 33 1/3 rpm
Produced by Admart, Inc., Advertising
Norm Pierce, announcer

"McDonald's Carryout Restaurants," 1964
12" vinyl promotion disc, 33 1/3 rpm
Norm Pierce, announcer
Produced by Admart, Inc., Advertising
"Overall Sell"
"An American"
"Rhythm Style"
"All American"
"Instant Service"


[McDonald's, 1964]
¼" open reel-to-reel audio tape, 7.5 ips
Produced by Huff Productions for Admart, Inc., Advertising
Revised radio commercials
"The Modern"
"The Kids"
"The Rocker"
"Local Copy Spot"
"The Kids'
"The Modern"

    "The New Sound Up, Up , and Away TWA," 1968
7" vinyl promotion disc, 33 1/3 rpm
    Subseries 2, Moving Image, undated
    35 mm safety films of a McDonald's drink cup, and an unidentified McDonald's restaurant



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