Ketchup Pump-It (Oct, 1951)

Ketchup Pump-It
MR. D. F. Bachellor of Glendale, Calif, had an extremely active mind and when a major operation confined him to a hospital bed for a long period of convalescence, he kept right on thinking. One day a visitor mentioned how much better the world would be if someone would invent a device to get ketchup from a bottle without pounding and thumping. Bachellor weighed the problem. “Why thump it when you can pump it?” he thought. There was the solution. He worked out the plans and when he left the hospital he made one pump after the other until he found the perfect answer. The first million Pump-Its have already been sold and the second are disappearing rapidly. For bringing happiness to ketchup-eaters everywhere, Mr. Bachellor will receive Mi’s $50.

9 comments
  1. Al Bear says: January 28, 20092:42 am

    I also remember the Colgate toothpaste pump from 1985. Yep, it didn’t make it either. How about just turning the ketchupo bottle upside down like they do nowadays? cheaper than having a pump! anbd Glendale CA is just 3 cities away from me! Woo-Hoo! they is some smart peeps in Glendale ;P

  2. rsterling78 says: January 28, 20094:32 am

    “He worked out the plans and when he left the hospital he made one pump after the other until he found the perfect answer.”

    Exactly how much R&D would be required for this? I have a hard time imagining that this sort of thing hadn’t existed for a long time already by 1951.

  3. Charlie says: January 28, 20098:54 am

    Al Bear: Of course the real solution is to have an upside down plastic bottle, so that you can squeeze it out through a little hole. If you just store it upside down, it goes all over the place.

  4. MrG says: January 28, 20099:13 am

    I wonder if this guy actually got the patent on the bottle pump? I must have a half-dozen of these
    things around the house — lotion and liquid soap containers for instance. He could have made a
    bundle off of it. Cheers — MrG / http://gvgpd.proboards….

  5. StanFlouride says: January 28, 200911:35 am

    It appears as if he not only got a patent, he took the next step which is to start manufacture before a big corporation has a chance to rip you off.
    I think a similar pump may have existed before this, for instance an oil can hand-pump, but a simpler, inexpensive, and food-safe one had not.
    I have 3 bottles on my counter of the sort Charlie describes: for catsup, mustard, and honey. They’re great, the contents don’t go bad or get moldy, even if not refrigerated (I hate cold catsup on hot food!).
    I have thought about how long it took to get to these. I think the self-sealing valve on the little hole is what sets them apart.

  6. Alan J. Richer says: January 28, 200912:42 pm

    Re: R&D: The other trick here is a small cheap pump that can handle the viscosity of ketchup. Ketchup, hand lotion and things like that have all of the vices and none of the virtues of a liquid – they cavitate (pump and the goop doesn;t fill in – it just opens up a cavity), don’t flow well and forcing them through a narrow tube just plain sucks from a pressure standpoint.

    More power to ‘im…he did well.

  7. Dawn says: January 28, 20091:08 pm

    Since no one else said it: a pump takes all the fun out of hearing the loud smack on the bottom of the bottle

  8. Toronto says: January 28, 20093:11 pm

    The excitement we lost from moving away from the ‘smack and thwop’ of the ketchup bottle has been replaced by the half-litre of relish you get from the pumps on the side of the local hot-dog trucks in cold weather. (They have a 1.5 cm/ .75″ nozzle to handle the thicker contents, but they don’t handle freezing well.)

  9. Darillyn says: June 27, 20093:13 pm

    My father, Harris Posey, manufactured, promoted and sold a “ketchup pump” in 1947 in the Los Angeles area. It was not successful as he did not have the venture capital to properly handle the mass manufacturing. I do not believe he was responsible for the invention nor do I believe he was ever involved in a patent application. The only point I make is that there is nothing new under the sun, and Mr Bachellor likely capitalized on an earlier idea.

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