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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Advertising for Prince Spaghetti

Above is a paper place-mat.
They were given out when large groups were having spaghetti meals for a fund raising event.

UPDATE for February 3, 2016: The mother from the classic Prince pasta commercial has died (click on the link to read article about her death. "Mary Fiumara, the woman who shouted “Anthony! Anthony!” in an iconic Prince pasta commercial, died on February 2 at 88 years old.

Prince Spaghetti began 100 years ago in Boston, MA, this week, and later moved to Lowell, MA. I was lucky to have a great job working directly under the Plant Manager, and was able to have all the spaghetti I wanted.
 The small book, Prince Treasury of Italian Recipes has 305 pages.
The above items were used for advertising the Prince Spaghetti Company and Restaurant in Lowell, Massachusetts. The large paper place mats were still given away at the time the plant closed in 1997, 10 years after Borden, Inc. bought them out (my check came from Borden, employees always called it Prince). The bottom two items are much older things from Prince's past. I have a few other items, taken at the time the company closed, which I'll have to dig out and post some day.

UPDATE:  I located a pen with Prince advertising, and decided to post here on this page for Prince products.

Originally posted January 12, 2012.


Greta Koehl said...

Wow - that's a blast from the past!

Carol said...

I remember the brand too.

Heather Rojo said...

I remember that for a while there was a restaurant at the Prince factory in Lowell. It was one of the first places we went to eat when we moved to Londonderry (there was only one restaurant in town back then so we had to go to the "Big City"!)

Barbara Poole said...

Glad you all remembered. Heather, the restaurant was Prince Grotto. It was closed when Borden bought it, but we did use it for training sessions after the company closed. Unfortunately, Borden didn't want to be in the restaurant business.

Cheri said...

AAAAaaaannnnn- toe - Kneeeeeee!

Brought back many memories!

Wednesday was Prince Spaghettti Day.

Barbara Poole said...

Cheri, nice it brought back memories, and hopefully a smile.

John D. Tew said...

Having grown up in New England I remember the Prince ads well. I once remarked to my young sons (who grew up in northern Virginia) when I was making spaghetti one Wednesday night, "Well after all . . . Wednesday is Prince spaghetti night!" They looked at me like a was nuts until I explained. Thanks for the memory.

Sharon Turcotte said...

My father, who grew up in Lowell used to always tell us story on Wednesday nights about how when he was a kid in Lowell on Prince Spaghetti Day he went to Cawley Stadium for all you can eat (the price was never the same - sometimes .25 or .50) Have never had anyone confirm this story; we're certain he made it up - can anyone confirm? Thanks!

Barbara Poole said...

Sharon, I'm afraid I don't know if Prince did that or not. But, they were very generous to the employees and donated their products many times, while I was there in the 90s, way after when your dad was a boy. I seriously doubt if your dad was telling a tale.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm looking for information about and photos of the Prince Grotto Restaurant. A friend has some memorabilia from the Grotto and would like to have more info about the place - like when it opened and closed and any photos that people might have... I figured a lot of people might have had parties or wedding there and they might still have photos. Any help with the dates, the history and the photos would be wonderful and much appreciated. Info can be sent to me at

Barbara Poole said...

Unfortunately, I don't have the information you are looking for. Perhaps if you use Google for either information and images, you might find something. The Restaurant was closed at the time I began working there. I'm not sure if you saw my other blog, with far more photos. That link is:

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