25 Vintage Photos of the Biggest Fast Food Brand in the World Since Established Till the 80s

McDonald’s Corporation is an American multinational fast food corporation, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald’s had its previous headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in June 2018.

McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries across 37,855 outlets as of 2018. Although McDonald’s is best known for its hamburgers, cheeseburgers and french fries, they feature chicken products, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes, wraps, and desserts. The company also added salads, fish, smoothies, and fruit in response to changing consumer tastes and a negative backlash because of the unhealthiness of their food. The McDonald’s Corporation revenues come from the rent, royalties, and fees paid by the franchisees, as well as sales in company-operated restaurants. According to two reports published in 2018, McDonald’s is the world’s second-largest private employer with 1.7 million employees (behind Walmart with 2.3 million employees). As of 2020, McDonald’s has the ninth-highest global brand valuation. (Wikipedia)

And here are vintage photos of McDonald’s since it was established till the 1980s.

On May 15, 1940, McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California
First McDonald’s burger stand, San Bernardino, California, 1940
McDonald Brother’s store in San Bernadino, California, 1953
The first McDonald’s fast food restaurant with its neon arches illuminated at night, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1955
McDonald’s in the 1950s

McDonald’s, ca. 1950s
Ray Kroc outside the Des Plaines, Illinois restaurant, ca. 1950s
Ray Kroc and his McDonald’s beginning, ca. 1950s
McDonald’s in Troy, New York, 1967
McDonald’s in Tacoma, WA, 1967
McDonald’s crew, 1969
McDonald’s crew in the early 1970s
McDonald’s menu during 1973
McDonald’s store, 1978
McDonald’s store, 1978
McDonald’s store, 1978
McDonald’s store, 1978
McDonald’s store, 1978
At a McDonald’s store in the 1980s
McDonald’s golden French fries, Caldwell, Idaho, 1980
McDonald’s grill crew, Caldwell, Idaho, 1980
McDonald’s grill crew, Caldwell, Idaho, 1980
McDonald’s uniforms in Caldwell, Idaho, 1981
New McDonald’s store in Caldwell, Idaho, Sept. 1980

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