Tildesley & Co Yacht Club Salad Dressing, Chicago IL

Like many other common condiments on our tables today, commercial salad dressing was invented and widely marketed during the late 19th and early 20th century to a public that had previously been accustomed to making their own at home.  Because the products were unfamiliar, and there was such a flood of new options, food companies needed to inform home cooks of how to make use of them.

Bottle embossed "Yacht Club Salad Dressing"

Bottle embossed “Yacht Club Salad Dressing”

According to blogger Didi “This salad dressing was made by the Tildesley Co of Chicago, which according to my research tools was around from the late 1800s until the early 1900s. It was started and owned by John S and Sarah A Tildesley and that a Mr. William H Leech was an investor in the company. In 1890, Leech sued Mr and Mrs Tildesley for trying to cheat him out of the business after investing over a thousand dollars.”

Excerpt from "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink" by Andrew F. Smith, 2007

Excerpt from “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink” by Andrew F. Smith, 2007

Excerpt from "The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries" by Gary Allen and Ken Albala, 2007

Excerpt from “The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries” by Gary Allen and Ken Albala, 2007

Selected pages from "Helps for Housewife and Hostess: Being a Collection of Recipes for Salads, Sauces, Sandwiches, Deviled Dishes" by Janet McKenzie Hill. Published by Tildesley & Company, 1904

Selected pages from “Helps for Housewife and Hostess: Being a Collection of Recipes for Salads, Sauces, Sandwiches, Deviled Dishes” by Janet McKenzie Hill. Published by Tildesley & Company, 1904

Cover of “Yacht Club Manual of Salads: a Book of Practical Suggestions for the Use of Yacht Club Food Products” by Agnes Carroll Hayward, Published by Tildesley & Co. 1914

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Excerpt from “Yacht Club Manual of Salads: a Book of Practical Suggestions for the Use of Yacht Club Food Products” by Agnes Carroll Hayward, Published by Tildesley & Co. 1914

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Back cover from “Yacht Club Manual of Salads: a Book of Practical Suggestions for the Use of Yacht Club Food Products” by Agnes Carroll Hayward, Published by Tildesley & Co. 1914

1903 Ad for Tildesley Yacht Club Salad Dressing

1903 Ad for Tildesley Yacht Club Salad Dressing

Ad from Life magazine, January - June 1904.

Ad from Life magazine, January – June 1904.

1904 Ad for Tildesley Yacht Club Salad Dressing

1904 Ad for Tildesley Yacht Club Salad Dressing

1914 Ad for Yacht Club Salad Dressing

1914 Ad for Yacht Club Salad Dressing

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