Take a Peek Inside The Chick-fil-A Archives
In addition to the best lemonade and crispiest chicken, Chick-fil-A is also home to an impressive archive that sits in hanger nearly half the size of a football field. The archive includes an assortment of Chick-fil-A memorabilia, dating back to when founder Truett Cathy first opened the Dwarf House in Hapeville, Georgia, back in 1946, and collected over the years as the chain grew into the restaurant we know today.
According to The Chickenwire, the restaurant’s blog, the archives contain more than 375,000 items from Chick-fil-A’s illustrious past. Visitors can see things like signs advertising sandwiches for just 60¢ (or a full dinner for just 15¢ more and the 1970s-era meal pack, tucked into a box with a red-brick motif.
Other blasts from Chick-fil-A’s past include uniforms worn by team members, even before they were called team members. There are the white aprons shirts and bow ties and soda-jerk hats worn by when serving up the original Chick-fil-A sandwich, candy-striped aprons, the pinstripes and red ties worn by both men and women, ties covered in Waffle Fries, the polo shirts that team members wore in the 1980s (and they are very ‘80s), and more.
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Founder Truett Cathy’s handwritten speeches from the 1970s through the 1980s all carefully written out in black, edited in red, highlighted in yellow and tucked into his jacket pocket before being delivered to an undoubtedly rapt audience. If you’ve ever wondered what Chick-fil-A’s first Kid’s Meal box looked like, it’s in the archive, too, promising that the “best taste in the mall” lies within the little paper box.
Those who stroll through the Chick-fil-A Archives can peruse through old Kid’s Meal prizes, books and boxes, which longtime customers may recognize from when their own parents brought them to Chick-fil-A when they were kids.
Football fans will appreciate the Peach Bowl sponsorship memorabilia and advertising buffs will love seeing vintage restaurant banners and the chain’s popular graffiti-writing cows encouraging people to “Eat Mor Chikin”.