We Did And They Hid It: The Truth Behind The Invention Of The Potato Chip

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George Crum, born George Speck, of African and Native American Indian heritage. Every time a person crunches into a potato chip, he or she is enjoying the delicious taste of one of the world’s most famous snacks – a treat that might not exist without the contribution of Black Indian inventor(s) George Crum and his sister Catherine Speck Wicks . He’s believed to be the son of a Black father and a Native American Indian mother.

Crum was working as the chef in the summer of 1853 when he incidentally invented the chip with the assistance of his sister Catherine Speck Wicks. George Speck “Crum” and Catherine “Kate” Speck Wicks were born to Abraham and Catherine Speck. Anthropologist, historian, and museum consultant Margaret M. Bruchac believe that George Speck and his sister Catherine Speck Wicks both identified as members of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. George also used the name Crum, as his father did while a jockey.  Most stories say that George spent his youth as a guide in the Adirondacks, but by 1953 was working for Cary Moon at Moon’s Lake House.

It all began when a patron who ordered a plate of French-fried potatoes sent them back to Crum’s kitchen because he felt they were too thick and soft. To teach the picky patron a lesson, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchy. Finally, to top them off, he added a generous heaping of salt. To Crum’s surprise, the dish ended up being a hit with the patron and a new snack was born!

An original chip box from George Crum's era.

An original chip box from George Crum’s era.

In 1860 George Crum purchased a building on Malta Avenue near Saratoga Lake, and within a few years was catering to wealthy clients including William Vanderbilt, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, and Henry Hilton. A basket of potato chips was placed on every table. Though Crum never attempted to patent his invention, the snack was eventually mass-produced sold in bag without giving any credits to George or his sister.

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1 Comment

  • Us_n January 31, 2019 - 5:11 pm

    He wasn’t “Black”. Stop the continued spell of calling us “Black” simply because of a particular look or deepness of melanin. We ARE the Indigenous, true aborigines of this land now called the US of A. Otherwise a good article.