A1 STEAK SAUCE TRIVIA
A1 Steak Sauce is said to have been created sometime in the late 1820s by Henderson William Brand, the Chef to England's King George IV. The king was so pleased with the new sauce, he proclaimed it A number 1 - or A1 for short.
After the king's death in 1830, Brand started his own business producing meat extracts along with A1 Sauce. The sauce became popular with the public, and won awards at international expositions in London and Paris between 1862 and 1900. G.F Heublein & Bros. (a major wine and spirit importer) began to import A1 Steak Sauce to America in 1906, eventually purchased the rights to the sauce and in 1918 began manufacturing A1 in Hartford, Connecticut.
During Prohibition, which destroyed many other wine and spirits producers, sales of A1 Steak Sauce is said to have enabled Heublein to survive. After several acquisitions and mergers, A1 Steak Sauce is now produced by by Kraft Foods in the U.S. and by Renée's Gourmet Foods in Canada.
Some other uses for A1 Steak Sauce:
Use it to repair scratches on wood furniture. (This works - I have done this myself once or twice).
Use it to shine shoes (preferably brown shoes).
Supposedly relieves the itching from insect bites.
Use it to polish and remove tarnish from copper and brass (high acidity from the vinegar & tomato content).
OMG! Did you read the other usages for this product for steaks? And I like it. Ugh!
A & P SUPERMARKETS
In 1859, George Gilman and George Huntington Hartford invented a new retailing idea - buy tea from boats at the dock, and sell it directly to the consumer from a store near the docks. They opened their first store in New York City, and were able to dramatically reduced the price consumers paid for tea by eliminating several middlemen. Soon they were doing the same with coffee, spices, canned goods and other products. Fifty Two years later (1912) they had over 400 stores.
In 1912 Hartford's son John had an even more radical idea for their stores - Eliminate telephone orders, deliveries, credit accounts and clerks that weighed everything to order for each customer. In the new stores, there would be only one clerk, everything would be sold for cash, and customers would get their own prepackaged food from the shelves and carry it home themselves! A revolutionary idea at the time. Within 5 years they had over 3,000 stores and had changed American's food and shopping habits.
The name of the company was originally the Great American Tea Company, which became the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, and John's new stores were named A & P - the first modern supermarkets.