Veg-O-Matic II

In the 1950s and ‘60s, as home cooks looked for timesaving shortcuts, the popularity of task-specific kitchen gadgets soared. One of the most successful was the Veg-O-Matic, invented by Samuel J. Popeil around 1963. While offering a quick and easy way to cut vegetables into various shapes, the Veg-O-Matic is perhaps best known for ushering in a new era of direct marketing. Popeil’s son, Ron, founded Ronco Inventions and began aggressively selling their products via dramatic demonstrations on late-night television.
While its name suggests a technologically advanced machine, the Veg-O-Matic is manually operated and made of plastic. Cooks push fruits or vegetables through a steel cutting blade that can be changed to produce various sizes of sliced and cubed pieces. Popeil tirelessly demonstrated the device on television while touting its timesaving potential, ease of use, and versatility. The Veg-O-Matic was one of the first products to feature the red and white “As Seen on TV” logo. Popeil’s commercials became famous for the shouted slogan “It slices! It dices!” a tag line that has become a widely used reference in American popular culture.
This Veg-O-Matic was donated by Samuel Popeil’s daughter Lisa in 1985, shortly after her father’s death. It dates from about 1963 and originally sold for $7.77.
date made
Popeil Brothers, Incorporated
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
place owned; place used
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
aluminum (cutting rings material)
steel (cutting blades material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Popeil Family in memory of Samuel J. Popeil
Food Processing
Kitchen utensils
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


"My wife has a cabinet that holds items she received years ago,old and new.While trying to pull something out of the cabinet,this box came out. And its a original veg-o-matic on the top of the box is 7.77. Our first remark was " what the heck us this? " It is new and still in the box with the orange paperwork inside explaining the product and some receipes.My wife remembers it but not the part why she hadn't used it,"

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