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French Fry Scoop

French Fry Scoop

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This object is a right-handed, stainless steel French fry scoop with a black plastic handle. On the reverse, writing etched into the scoop says “Bagging Scoop.” This scoop, used by right-handed employees, was designed to dispense a precise amount of French fries to create uniformity between servings in the quickest, most efficient way possible.
The McDonald’s Corporation is one of the most recognizable hamburger restaurants in the United States. As of 2011, the McDonald’s Corporation and franchisees were operating in 119 countries with 1.9 million employees, making it the 4th largest employer in the world.
In 1940, Richard (Dick) and Maurice (Mac) McDonald opened the first McDonald’s Bar-B-Q drive-in restaurant in San Bernardino, California. In 1948, the brothers redesigned their menu, centering on the 15 cent hamburger. In 1954, Ray Kroc, a Multimixer (milkshake machine) salesman, became interested in the McDonalds brothers’ high volume restaurant. He worked out a deal with the brothers to be their franchising agent and opened the first franchise location in Illinois the following year. Under Kroc’s direction, the company grew to become the giant we know today.
Object Name
scoop, french fry
date made
mid 1960s
Prince Castle
place made
United States: Illinois
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 6 cm x 20.5 cm x 23 cm; 2 3/8 in x 8 1/16 in x 9 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gifts of McDonald’s Regional Training Center
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Work and Industry: Retail and Marketing
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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As a teenager I worked at a McDonald's in Avenel, NJ. In those day the french fries were dispensed with a scoop and a wedge to separate the bag. I started hooking the wedge on my pinky and held the scoop in the same hand and was able to scoop the fries into the wedged-open bag in one motion. One day we had a walk-through by McDonald's executives who asked me about my unusual scooping method which I demonstrated. I expressed that it would be nice to have a one-piece scoop. Some months later, the "Bagging Scoop" arrived. It is nice to see that my innovation as a teenager has been memorialized in The National Museum of American History.

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