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Kubla Khan Frozen Food Company Records, 1950-2006

Creator:
Loy, Percy W
Wong, Robert
Creator:
Kubla Khan Frozen Food Company (Portland, Oregon)
Physical description:
19 cu. ft. : 19 boxes
Type:
Advertising
Collection descriptions
Articles
Business records
Clippings
Correspondence
Labels
Packaging
Photographs
Recipes
Place:
Oregon
Date:
1950
1950-2006
1950-2000
20th century
Notes:
Percy Loy was born in Vancouver, Washington to Kong and Rose Loy, Chinese immigrants who were in the dairy business. During World War II he was a navigator, bombardier and pilot, and retired as a lieutenant colonel, but was unable to find work with an airline after the war. He and his brother-in-law, Robert Wong, started the Kubla Khan Food Company, selling frozen Chinese entrees at a time when frozen foods had really not yet caught on and the infrastructure to store, transport and distribute them didn't yet exist. The company popularized both frozen foods and Chinese food in the Northwest region of the United States. He was very active in the frozen foods industry in the Northwest, campaigning for the industry and working at convincing grocers of their profitability. He sold the manufacturing part of the company in the mid-2000s and died in 2006. His daughter Marilyn now runs the company, which is now limited to the import/export aspect.
Summary:
The records of a Portland, Oregon company that made, packaged and distributed frozen Chinese food. The collection includes start-up papers of the business, correspondence, photographs, product packaging, advertising and marketing materials, recipes and other papers relating to the product, a prospectus for a drive-in Chinese restaurant, and business records.
Cite as:
Kubla Khan Frozen Food Company Records, 1950-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Advertising--Food
Advertising
Cooking, Chinese
Ethnic food industry
Family-owned business enterprises
Frozen foods
Food
Food industry and trade
Restaurants
Local number:
2013.3112 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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