Ya can’t get more mid-century classic than this ad featuring an illustration of a smiling couple. The pretty wife is greeting her hard-working man with a warmed can of Franco-American spaghetti. Oh yum.
It is likely lunch time and the husband is on his lunch break. Coming home for lunch was another tradition common in the mid-century. The tradition worked well for folks who lived in a city where work and home were in close proximity. I remember my dad coming home for lunch when I was a kid growing up in the 1960’s. Our home was a bit of a drive from his work, but it did give him the opportunity to have a hot meal and take a rest before returning to work. Of course, this works best when there is someone home to make you lunch.
The Franco-American brand was purchased by Campbells soup in 1915. It was originally started by Frenchman Alphonse Biardot in 1886 after migrating to the US in 1880. In modern times, Campbells kept the Franco-American brand and sold it under the name SpaghettiOs. SpaghettiOs was retired in 2004.