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The Blue Bird Potato Chip Factory was at 966 - 81st Avenue, and was owned by Laura Scudder. The building was designed by Charles W. McCall, and constructed in 1931. 1

Scudder began producing potato chips in southern California in 1926. 2 To expand into northern California, she purchased a potato chip factory on Beck St. (now part of Bancroft Ave.) near 64th Avenue from Frank Sabin in 1930. 3

Scudder sold the company in 1957, but continued to run it until her death in 1959. 4 The Oakland plant was still active in 1960, but 966 - 81st Avenue is listed as vacant in the 1969 directory.
1952 Sanborn map excerpt (fair use)

Links and References

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  1. New Plant Is Nearing Completion Oakland Tribune April 26, 1931
  2. Laura Scudder on Wikipedia
  3. Oaklander Opens Portland Factory Oakland Tribune January 6, 1930
  4. Laura Scudder, Founder and Official of Food Firm, Dies in Monrovia Oakland Tribune March 15, 1959

public domain via Wikipedia 2