Betty Crockers through the ages


43 Responses to “Betty Crockers through the ages”

  1. camelot says:

    Betty Crocker is obviously a Republican. 

  2. Navin_Johnson says:

    65/69 hubba hubba.

  3. machinelf says:

    Man, they were pretty lazy in 1980–same exact face from 1965. My fave is 1986, it looks like the work of an actual painter. 1996 is terrible!

  4. kansas says:

    I wouldn’t kick Miss 1965 out of bed for eating crackers.

  5. How interesting that the only Betty given a voice and implied use of the day’s high technology was the Betty of 1927 — five years after the generally accepted year of the first radio advertisements:

  6. rob_cornelius says:

    Ah but to quote the Cat…. Wilma is cute but you would go for Betty every time. Betty is a babe

  7. Technically wouldn’t that be Betties Crocker?

  8. Hanglyman says:

    They all look like real (if occasionally bland) women right up until 1996, when she turns into a grinning mannequin with a deflated basketball draped over its head.

  9. Josh Smith says:

    You missed the one where she`s an alien from an alternate universe.

  10. blueelm says:

    1927 is my favorite hands down. She looks vibrant and young. Ironic, really.  

    The 90′s one is just depressing.  

  11. ciacontra says:

    Betty Crocker is GLaDOS

  12. phlavor says:

    I’m down for 1965 but I have been watching a lot of Mad Men lately.

  13. blueelm says:

    I feel like the only person in the world who is *not* nostalgic for the 60′s… or even that interested in them :/

  14. freshacconci says:

    So, in 1996 she became Laura Bush?

  15. redstarr says:

    36 one looks like a cranky woman I would not want to share a kitchen with.   But I do like that she looks a bit older than some of them.  I’ve always imagined Betty Crocker as being a young woman’s mother’s age, like maybe mid-40s ish.  The newlywed girl’s literary mother who could cook that she wouldn’t have to be embarrassed to ask basic  questions about basic dishes. 

  16. SCAQTony says:

    1955 she was Donna Reed
    1965-1972 she was Homophobic, orange juice, pimp, Anita Bryant
    1986 she was Olympic ice skater, Dorothy Hamill,

  17. Brad H. says:

    ’69 and ’36 for me. ’36 looks like she’d tell me to “make your own goddamn cake!!”. 

  18. Eric Riley says:

    My favorite meme version of this: Betty Crocker, Secretly a TimeLord.

  19. Carpeteria says:

    It sure was a shame when they replaced her with an glassy-eyed android in 1996. Very forward thinking, though. That model should last at least a hundred years or more.

  20. Petzl says:

    Apparently Betty Crocker has Benjamin Button disease.  In a few more iterations, she’s going to be a tween.

  21. Crashproof says:

    The last one is so deep in the Uncanny Valley that the rest of them no longer appear human to me.

  22. Donald Petersen says:

    I guess it’s no real coincidence that Ms Crocker ’65 is the version that appeared on all my mother’s Crocker-related cookbooks and things, and also looks the most like my mother herself.  Ms 1927 looks like she’s fresh out of high school, friendly and fun.  Most of the rest look pretty forbidding, as if due to the stresses of running General Mills, Ms Crocker’s work/life balance fell heavily on the side of professionalism and lots of overtime rather than baking cupcakes for the local Cub Scout troop.

    According to an uncited line in Wikipedia,

    The current image of Betty Crocker, according to the corporation, is actually a combination of 75 real-life women of diverse backgrounds and ages.

    So that must explain the impression she gives of having strolled right out of the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls.

    Though my heart goes pitter-pat for Ms 1927 most of all, if Ms 1969 styled her hair like Ms 1986, she’d be a close second in the race to be my Crocker Crush.

  23. peterkvt80 says:

    1986 was her hot Cybil Shepherd phase. After that she started experimenting with Fruit Gushers and became the sorry sight you see in 1996.

  24. Madigan McGillicuddy says:

    1972 is “my” Betty Crocker – so I’ll always have a soft spot for her.
     ’65 and ’86 are pretty good too.
    Is our current Betty Crocker really from 1996?  Christ, why not stick a rotating flaming logo on her, plus a “under construction!” sign and have done with it already? She looks very dated. We are WAY overdue for a new one.

  25. Slowermo says:

    Looks like she took an anti-aging potion in 1936, probably from the serum of the last Tasmanian tiger.

  26. Brainspore says:

    If you think Crocker has changed over the years you should take a look through Aunt Jemima’s photo album.

  27. Halloween_Jack says:

    When they rolled out the ’96 model, one of the wire services did a story on the update in which the marketers talked about how they deliberately designed her to look multiracial, or at least plausibly not 100% of European ancestry. To my eye, though, with all of them together, they look 100% Republican, with the possible exceptions of the first one and ’86 (a little bit of Rosalynn Carter). 

    • Donald Petersen says:

      What’s weird to me is that 1955, 1965, 1972, and 1980 all look like they could conceivably be the same woman (albeit one who had a serious hair makeover in the early 60s), and 1969 looks like her younger, slightly more liberal sister Janet Crocker.  You know, the one who spent most of the autumn of ’67 shacked up in the Haight with an English bass player before her parents found her, dragged her back to Stepford, and married her off to Charles A. “Chuckie” Pillsbury IV, heir to the biscuit fortune and model for the giggling “Doughboy” mascot.

      Janet spent 1969 as body double for her more famous elder sister while Betty recovered from her nervous breakdown, and you can tell from her faraway gaze that somewhere, deep inside, Janet is wishing she were at Woodstock rather than posing for this goddamned box of pancake mix.

  28. Robert Holmen says:

    I like the “Dark Shadows” Betty of 1972.

  29. Each hair style seems to presage the hairstyle of the *next* first lady.  The 1996 / Laura Bush is pretty clear, but I bet if someone took the time they could match 1980 to Nancy Reagan, 1986 to Hillary Clinton, 1965 to Pat Nixon and so on.   

  30. KriptoNYC says:

    1986 looks like Roger Moore in drag, while the last one demonstrates that the technology needed to make the  Crockertron has finally been perfected. 

    • penguinchris says:

       I’m not seeing Roger Moore there, although I do find him to be the best-looking Bond actor and Crocker ’86 to be the most attractive here (other than ’27 but she’s in a league of her own).

  31. chgoliz says:


    The mother I grew up with had the 1965 hairdo, from sometime in the 1950′s until the late 1970′s.

    Never thought of her as more out of fashion than Betty Crocker before.

  32. Captain Birdseye would have more variety – especially that one a little while back when he looked like James Bond in a captains outfit – not sure what that was all about.

  33. 86 is kind of a hottie, with a naughty glimmer in her eye!

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