Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Sandwiched Generation


You know, I used to have to eat Underwood ham back in the 1960s when I was a kid. It was salty pinkish paste, more of a kindergarten art supply than a food.

So I don't think that anyone has any interest in those sandwiches. And there's definitely no need to retreat to the far end of the scaffolding.

There is something the matter, that's true. The Underwood ham is just a symptom, though.

27 comments:

Rhonda said...

I love all of the old ads you find. What fun!

Chris Bowers said...

"Zestfully Seasoned" Something is definitely the matter.

Tori Lennox said...

He certainly wouldn't have to worry about me swiping his Underwood sandwich. Ick! Ranks right up there with Vienna sausages as food I won't touch with a ten foot pole.

Carol said...

Ewww, I remember that stuff too. I must have been pretty hungry to eat it. My dad was a carpenter, and if Mom had sent some fake meat like that in his lunch he would have been pretty mad.

Da Old Man said...

I'm positive that I ate it at some time in my life because I remember seeing the cans in the house, but I am pretty sure I have successfully purged all memories of it.

Bill said...

Aw, guys, leave poor Bill alone!
In a few years he'll be a total recluse, living behind shuttered windows, letting the yard go to ruin, and eating Underwear Deviled Ham right out of the can.

Wouldn't you love a peek inside the factory to see how it's made?
No?
Wise of you.

Dan Brantley said...

At lease Underwood had some flavor. NO a couple of Scout campouts the patrol to save money picked up "potted meat food product" ummmm!
On crackers!
It was still bad, bad, bad.

Wicked said...

As the economy weakens ever further and my paycheck dwindles ever faster I am learning to follow my mother's lead when I was a child in economizing on meals.

I have started trying things like Underwood Deviled Ham, Spam, Treat, and Vienna Sausages again since I can't afford much more most of the time.

I find them to be pretty good, all things considered. They all need doctored up a bit though. I like my Deviled Ham with Miracle Whip, a dab of French's mustard, and a dollop of pickle relish -- the way Mom made it.

Lidian said...

Rhonda - Thank you, it's lots of fun to write, too.

Chris - Yes, it probably is.

Tori - You and me both. Never again! Have never had Vienna sausages and do not plan on it. I have seen them in that little can though.

Carol - I wasn't too happy with Underwood myself.

Da Old Man - Yeah, another case of Underwood hamnesia! Sorry, could not resist.

Bill - Yes, I can see it now - what a vivid picture you paint! And no, I'll skip that factory tour, thanks.

Dan - Whenever something is called a "food product" it is a bad sign.

Wicked - Mustard helps a lot of sandwiches and things, I like the plain yellow kind myself, much the the horror of the rest of the household.

Lola said...

I also remember seeing these on the pantry shelf. I think they also had a chicken spread which I really liked. Didn't really care for the deviled ham.

tahtimbo said...

I grew up having those sandwiches at school. As a matter of fact, I had deviled ham last night for supper. I put butter and mayo on the bread...I still had an upset stomach later. I like the taste (when made w/butter & mayo), but it just doesn't agree with me. So why do I still buy it??

Lidian said...

Lola - I never knew they had a chicken variation. I didn't even know why they put a paper wrapper on the little can.

Tahtimbo - Butter and mayo would help, I'm sure - my mother didn't add anything at all except bread.

Kris said...

So sorry you had to eat those sandwiches.
Love your new header on your blog.
That was one of your funnest posts.

Chat Blanc said...

haha! and ewwww! I can think of waaaaay better things to guard with my life. ;)

Lidian said...

Kris - Oh, well, it wasn't the high point or the low point of the 60s for me. So - um - there you go!

And thank you - I am still fiddling with the header, probably will be for some time.

Chat Blanc - Absolutely! I think his priorities are a bit confused, perhaps from eating those sandwiches.

Frogs in my formula said...

Yuck. Was it a pre-cursor to Spam?

KiKi said...

bwahaha! Awesome. And you know my fascination with bizarre food! ;-)

ettarose said...

I don't know if I should share this or not but I used to love Underwood Deviled Ham. Of course I still like fried spam sandwiches.

Lidian said...

Frogs - I think Spam was a distant cousin to Underwood. It was a large family (imagine the sort of holiday meals they had!)

KiKi - Weird and bizarre food is fun, I love it too.

Ettarose - That's all right, I still would eat those chocolate Space Sticks that everyone makes fun of. I really liked them!

Queenly Things said...

I used to love devilled ham sandwiches - mixed with mayo and dill pickles. Hey -it was way better than chopped olives with hard-boiled egg.

Lidian said...

Vallen - I kind of like black olives but not so much in a sandwich.

Needless To Say said...

I caved in to a moment of strange Underwood craving last summer...got the white bread and everything and came home to make a "delicious" sandwich, straight from childhood. I'd forgotten about the yellow fatty deposit that collects on top like a thick slice of paraffin. Now my resistance is stronger.

GumbyTheCat said...

I remember that stuff.

Unfortunately.

electronic said...

are those types available yet?

Lidian said...

Gumby - Unfortunate is the word, all right.

Electronic - Not sure what you mean. Also not sure if Underwood is still around, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Celestial Charms said...

Growing up I would never touch the Red Devil, Spam, or Vienna Sausage...even though they literally littered our pantry. My Dad would always stock up when he went to the Job Lot Pushcart stores during the 70's - 90's. I personally preferred the more sophisticated deli sliced "Liverwurst" sandwiches with lots of mayo!

Lidian said...

Celestial Charms - A lot of us liked mayo (it is the universal sandwich improver, you know - I really ought to find a retro mayo ad!)...I have never had liverwurst. I do like club sandwiches, which are BTW a specialty in Quebec of all places. Seriously. They make the best club sandwiches there! :)