Kitty Clover Potato Chips

Kitty Clover Potato Chips

Mounting Type: Wall Mount
Size: 9 ft 10 in H, 12 ft 10 in W, 9 in D
Weight: 400 lbs

In 1932, 18-year-old Harold Lippold began peddling bags of potato chips to Omaha, Nebraska, theatres, bars, and restaurants. His hard work quickly took him from a 17 x 25-foot room at 16th and Cuming Streets to the first Kitty Clover factory at 24th & Pierce Streets.

In 1952, Lippold opened his modern 80,000-square-foot facility at 2200 South 24th Street in Omaha. Processing up to 2400 pounds of potatoes per hour from its own strain of Idaho potatoes delivered by train to its door, Kitty Clover became the world’s largest manufacturer of potato chips exclusively and remained so until closing in 1987.

Records show Kitty Clover had a history in Kansas City as early as 1940 at 3718 Main Street. In 1956, its Kansas City factory opened at 817 Westport Road. In 1959, Kitty Clover sold to Fairmont Foods. The last known use of the Kitty Clover name was on a collection of baseball cards featuring the 1985 Kansas City Royals World Series Champions.

LUMI is indebted to photographer, collector, and preservationist David Vonk of Omaha, Nebraska, for his gracious donation of two Kitty Clover signs from the 1935 factory at 24th and Pierce Streets.