Archive for October, 2017

Jack in the Box menu panels from the mid-60’s are being installed in the Smithsonian reports the San Diego UT. Unfortunately this is not the chance for museum-goers to grab a Breakfast Jack while looking at a copy of the Declaration of Independence or the paintings of Dutch Masters. It is part of an exhibit on the eating habits of Americans and highlights Jack in the Box’s early adoption of the very American phenomenon – drive-thru dining.

The Famous Jack in the Box Head

The menu panels are part of the early speaker boxes that featured a Jack in the Box head above. Due to space constraints, the Smithsonian isn’t able to take the heads as well. All of the versions of these early speaker boxes, menu boards, and Jack heads were fabricated by CNP Signs & Graphics in San Diego, California.

“There’s a good chance our grandfather made those panels,” said Rick McCarter, President of CNP Signs & Graphics. “He’d be pretty surprised they were headed to the Smithsonian.”

CNP continues to make signs for Jack in the Box as well as other drive-thru dining establishments more often referred to these days as fast food restaurants. CNP Signs & Graphics is a full-service signage and graphics company with US manufacturing facilities. They do business with a wide range of clients from city public works projects to hospitals and shopping centers and have been in business for over 70 years.