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OXO cubes
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trenton22 From: trenton22 Date: December 21st, 2015 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)


Nice shot. Funny for me because out of the blue this week, I had a memory of a bouillon cube company from New York called Herb-Ox. I wondered what was the meaning of the Ox and now seeing your photo I'm wondering even more. If they only made beef products, I could see it being for oxen -- I guess.

Their colors were red and silver for beef and green and silver for chicken. Now, I've Googled and I see that Herb Ox is now owned by the huge US meat company Hormel, but in my childhood, it was a local business in Westchester County, N.Y. and when you drove near the factory there was a really nice fragrance of bouillon cooking.

Here's a piece of NY history with Herb Ox stuff in the lower left corner.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 25th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bouillon

OXO was originally just beef, but you can now get chicken and vegetarian stock cubes too. According to Wikipedia, the company is a little older than the Westchester company, but it was part of the same move towards brand names and manufactured food that happened at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 25th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bouillon

Oh, I forgot to mention the OXO tower in London. Because skyline advertising was forbidden, the architect incorporated the OXO name into the windows at the top of the tower.

The tower is still there, but hasn't been a factory for many years.
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