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Cereal Stocker: 1939

Cereal Stocker: 1939

This is my colorized version of "Cereal Stocker." I researched all of the box art and most of it is accurate to the branding of the time. View full size.

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said "WOW" when I opened the full sized image. I'm ENVIOUS. I've been dying to colorize for YEARS!

Crystal Wedding

Our favoured brand was Crystal Wedding Oats, which contained a piece of Anchor Hocking pressed glass in every box. (As a result, the particular pattern became known as “Oatmeal” glass.) My great-aunt, who owned a grocery, could tell by shaking the box which piece was inside.

Minority Opinion

Unpopular opinion, I'm sure : I love colorized work.

Good ole shredded wheat

That was my breakfast way back when. The box had cardboard dividers between the layers of the biscuits, with cartoons on them., reading material as you dined.

Absolutely incredible!

The result is almost Norman Rockwellian.

Shredded Ralston

Sponsors of The Tom Mix Show on the radio. I was an avid listener in the late '40s, and quite astonished to learn later in life that the real Tom Mix was killed in a car wreck (driving a Cord 810 or 812) in 1940.

I recall helping my mother or grandmother make cold cereal selections, and I had one criterion: what's the premium in the box? Since "contents settled during shipment," I always opened the bottom of cereal boxes rather than the top.

Seems to me I recall some kind of pin was the standard Ralston prize, usually of the real Tom or some idealized image of another cast member.

In those simpler times, we kids were easily amused.


Zoom in to see the intricate detail. Fantastic job!

Also, I love the two competing brands of oats on the far left. One offers free glassware while the other, probably trying to seem more upscale, offers a "China cup and saucer." How does one choose one's favorite brand; best oats or best dishware?


Another excellent job &, as 'Born Too Late' also states, must've taken ages!!

Among the Missing

Surprised to see no evidence of Kellogg's Corn Flakes here. I would have thought they would be prominent. While Kellogg's package design was pretty basic in this era - although the Krumbles package shows signs of what they would all resemble later - the design of the Post product packages was decidedly second-rate by comparison.

Very nice job on the colorization!

Change in content

Continuing the pics from the '40s, even the breakfast cereal menu goes with the slim bodies, as the pool pics show. No Sugar Bombs* in sight.

*apologies to Bill W.

A lot of work

I tried my hand at coloring a picture with a lot less going on than this one. Gave me a whole new appreciation for the amount of work to color a picture to this quality, especially with such detail.

Great job!! And thank you.


Beautiful work!

Beautiful work, thank you.

The Nabisco shredded wheat box with Niagara Falls used to fascinate me as a kid. When I finally got to see the falls in person I understood why. Powerful.

Very nice job. A labor of love so to speak.

I was 5 years old. I remember so many of the brand names that are still around.


It's amazing how much healthier the cereal section is now. Oh, wait. Maybe not: see attached image. This level of colorization skill boggles my mind.


One advantage of the behind-the-counter grocery is that kids don't run their finger down the boxes and misalign entire supermarket aisles for fun.

Incredible work!

I can't even imagine how long that must have taken you to do. Stellar job!

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