McDonald's "Egg McMuffin Sandwich" Container, 1980-1990

Summary

Herb Peterson, owner of a Santa Barbara McDonald's franchise, introduced the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich in 1972. This invention opened up the entire fast food breakfast market. The polystyrene "clamshell" box, considered superior over paper packaging for its insulation and protection of the food inside, was phased out in 1990 for its harmful effects on the environment.

Herb Peterson, owner of a Santa Barbara McDonald's franchise, introduced the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich in 1972. This invention opened up the entire fast food breakfast market. The polystyrene "clamshell" box, considered superior over paper packaging for its insulation and protection of the food inside, was phased out in 1990 for its harmful effects on the environment.

Artifact

Packaging

Date Made

1980-1990

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2010.2.48

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Susan Wineberg.

Material

Styrofoam (TM)

Technique

Injection molding
Printing (Process)

Color

Brown
Orange (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 3 in

Width: 5 in

Length: 5 in

Inscriptions

printed on top and sides of lid: EGG / McMUFFIN / FRESH GRADE A LARGE EGG / LEAN CANADIAN STYLE BACON

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