Fact File about the Invention of
McDonald's: Invention: McDonald's *** Date of Invention: 1940 *** Name of Inventors:
Richard and Maurice McDonald *** Nationality of Inventors: American *** Category:
Food and Drink *** Country of Origin: United Staes ***
Facts about the Inventors and the invention of McDonald's ***
Fact 1: Who invented McDonald's? McDonald's was invented by Richard
and Maurice McDonald in 1940 just a few years before the outbreak of
Fact 2: Who invented
McDonald's? Prior to the invention of McDonald's in 1940, there were
many fast food outlets but McDonald's was the first to enjoy global
recognition in nearly every country in the world.
Fact 3: Who invented
McDonald's? Before discovering the story of McDonald's it is interesting
to find out about the history of fast food. We all think of fast food as
a recent innovation but the cheap, ready prepared, cooked food is much
older than we probably think.
Fact 4: Who invented
McDonald's? The first fast food dates back to the Romans where the 'popina',
a type of ancient Roman wine bar, sold fast foods such as bread, stews
and olives to their plebeian customers together with a various selection
of wine. The streets of ancient Rome which had a population of 1 million
people also teemed with street vendors selling bread,
cheese and Lucanian smoked sausages.
Fact 5: Who invented
McDonald's? Europe towns and cities during the Medieval era of the
Middle Ages all had street vendors plying their wares of pies, sausages,
cold meat and pasties, a custom that continued for hundreds of years.
Fact 6: Who invented
McDonald's? In 1872 Walter Scott (1841-1924) of Providence, Rhode Island
kitted out a horse-drawn lunch wagon with a simple kitchen, bringing hot
dinners to workers and inventing a mobile, fast food business. Walter
Scott's innovation marked the birth of the lunch cart and the
fore-runner of the classic American diner.
Fact 7: Who invented
McDonald's? In 1867 Charles Feltman invented the Hot Dog and in 1885 Charlie Nagreen
(1870 - 1951) invented the hamburger. The hamburger and the hot dog are
amongst the world favorite fast foods.
Fact 8: Who invented
McDonald's? American Diners became extremely popular during the late
1800's and early 1900's serving simple food such as hamburgers, hot
dogs, french fries and club sandwiches. The first Horn & Hardart Automat
opened in Philadelphia in 1902 and in 1916 Walter Anderson built the
first White Castle introducing the high volume, low cost, limited menu
high speed hamburger restaurant.
Fact 9: Who invented
McDonald's? There were some other fast food chains of restaurants but
the quality and taste of the food varied according to the people who
worked in the diners. This all changed when Richard and Maurice McDonald
Fact 10: Who invented McDonald's? The founders of McDonald's, Richard
and Maurice McDonald, were born in Manchester, New Hampshire. Maurice
"Mac" McDonald was born on November 26, 1902 and Richard "Dick"
McDonald was born on February 16, 1909.
Fact 11: Who invented
McDonald's? The early years of McDonald's were spent in Manchester, New
Hampshire where the brothers both graduated from High School.
Fact 12: Who
invented McDonald's? Richard and Maurice McDonald moved to
California attracted by the employment opportunities offered by the
movie business and both got jobs as stage hands.
Fact 13: Who
invented McDonald's? Realizing there was no future for them as stage
hands they decided to start their own business and in 1937 opened a
drive-in hotdog stand in Pasadena.
Fact 14: Who
invented McDonald's? In 1940 the brothers opened the first
McDonald's restaurant, a drive-in they called McDonald's Bar-B-Q in San
Fact 15: Who
invented McDonald's? McDonald's Bar-B-Q was doing well but in 1948
they decided to invest in renovations and took the opportunity to make
some changes. They dropped the Bar-B-Q, and served hamburgers and
cheeseburgers instead. Their new drive-in burger restaurant was simply
called McDonald's. They designed a happy chef called Speedee as their
logo to help communicate their 'Speedee Service System' supplied by
their car-hops. In 1949 they added milkshakes to their menu and
changed the potato chips to French fries.
Fact 16: Who
invented McDonald's? The most impressive aspect of the restaurant
was the assembly-line efficiency with which the food was prepared. The
fast, efficient service enabled he brothers to sell at highly
competitive prices and McDonald's was gaining an excellent reputation
and by 1951 had gained a 40% rise in profits..
Fact 17: Who
invented McDonald's? The McDonald's wanted to expand their business.
In 1952 the McDonald brothers asked architect Stanley Meston to design
their first franchised outlet and designed two giant golden arches that
were added to both sides of the building as part of the architecture.
Fact 18: Who
invented McDonald's? In 1954 the brothers licensed the McDonald’s
name, architecture featuring the golden arches, and efficient
assembly-line kitchen system to American businessman and entrepreneur
Ray Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984).
Fact 19: Who
invented McDonald's? Ray Kroc wanted to build a restaurant chain
that would be famous for providing the same high quality, familiar menu
that would taste just the same in Alabama as they did in Alaska.
Fact 20: Who invented McDonald's? In 1961 Ray Kroc bought out the
McDonald brothers for $2.7 million. The golden arches were formed as the
letter 'M' and the world famous McDonald's icon was created.
Fact 21: Who invented McDonald's? In 1962 the first McDonald's with
indoor seating was opened. In 1963 a smiling clown character called
'Ronald McDonald' was chosen as the company mascot. 'Ronald McDonald'
featured in television commercials, inhabiting a fantasy world called
Fact 22: Who invented McDonald's? Maurice "Mac" McDonald died from
heart failure in Riverside, California, on December 11, 1971, at the age
of 69. Richard McDonald died in Manchester, New Hampshire, on July 14,
1998, at the age of 89. Ray Kroc died of heart failure in San Diego,
California, on January 14, 1984, at the age of 81.
Fact 19: Who invented McDonald's? Ray Kroc built McDonald’s global
presence, but it was the McDonald brothers who started it.