Heinz 57 Varieties

Whenever my dad would see a dog of uncertain and questionable lineage, he would refer to it as a “Heinz 57,” meaning a little bit of everything. 

For those of you not familiar with the company, Heinz has been developing condiments and foods since 1869. They used the term, “Heinz 57 Varieties” in their advertising campaign to tout the quantity of products sold under their name.

 In case you’re wondering where I am going with this, you may remember this pigeon that frequents our backyard. When I saw it the other day in comparison to the others, Heinz 57 came to mind. 

“To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.”<br /><br />
— Henry John Heinz, Founder


31 thoughts on “Heinz 57 Varieties

  1. What an unusual bird! And the connection to Heinz 57 is a hoot. I’ve heard that term used to describe mixed breed dogs as well, but not birds. You have definitely taken it to new ‘heights’.


  2. He is an unusual looking pigeon… I’ve also heard those “mixed lineage” dogs referred to as “sooners”. As in, “sooner be one thing (breed) as another”…! That was definitely a country saying, and one that many of your readers may not understand!


  3. Heinz 57 is a term used here often, or at least more often when I was growing up. (Now I suddenly feel old..lol!) I’m sure the younger generation has never heard of it. 🙂


  4. Your Heinz 57 seems to have a little of everything…white, brown, lighter brown, gray, green and so many freckled feathers! Heinz 57? Now we know. I’d heard it and briefly thought…57 ingredients in this ketchup? It’s gotta be good…but no…it refers to something else. I will stop counting up possible ingredients in ketchup now.


    • I discovered today that it’s a female. 🙂 One of the males was trying to impress her with his courtship dance. I tried to get a picture, but he stopped. Guess he didn’t want it caught on film.


    • I’ve had old memories stirred by reading others blogs, too, Susan. It’s encouraging to me when that happens with something I’ve written. I think, “Wow, they actually have heard of this!”


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