A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 21, 2013
Spoonula (spoon + spatula)

A “spoonula” (spoon + spatula) is one of several food implement portmanteaus, such as the “spork” (spoon + fork). A “spoonula” trademark filed in 1959 claimed a first use in 1956. Rubbermaid’s “spoonula” has been cited in print since at least 1990.

Food Network personality Rachael Ray has sold a signature Rachael Ray spoonula set.


25 April 1990, The Orange County Register “Every kitchen has a couple of items you just couldn’t do without” by Elaine Corn (McClatchy News Service), pg. 42, cols. 3-4:
The spoonula is my favorite kitchen implement. Rubbermaid’s spoonula comes in varying handle lengths and paddle sizes for $1.70, $2.70, $3.30.

17 November 1993, St. Albans (VT) Messenger, “in the Kitchen,” Shopping News, pg. 5, col. 2:
Take a look at Calphalon’s professional non-stick cookware, guaranteed for a lifetime. There are hundreds of handy tools, from a garlic peeler to the spoonula—a combination spoon and spatula.

16 February 2000, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “Scraping by with unattractive utensils? You’re not alone” by Bonnie Walker:
‘Tis a pity about Rubbermaid’s dowdy version of the spoon/spatula hybrid, sometimes called a “spoonula.” The company recently said it would drop the squared-off implement from its lineup in March, because “it doesn’t look upscale enough.”

Google Books
Getting Thin and Loving Food:
200 Easy Recipes to Take You Where You Want to Be

By Kathleen Daelemans
New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company
2004
Pg. 61: 
RUBBER SPATULAS You’ll need heat-resistant spatulas, or you’ll be eating pieces of them in your food. I paid nine bucks for a spoonula (a spoon-spatula combination) and have seen them for twelve bucks apiece

The Huffington Post
Rachael Ray Catchphrases, Ranked By Annoyingness (GIFS)
Posted: 10/21/2013 9:22 am EDT
(...)
Spoonula
We’re not really sure where Rachael Ray’s obsession with portmanteaus comes from, but we really wish it would stop. This one comes from a combination of spoon and spatula, which she now even sells her own line of.

(Trademark)
Word Mark SPOONULA
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 009. US 026. G & S: Stainless Steel Laboratory Tools Having a Spoon on One End and a Spatula on the Other End. FIRST USE: 19560900. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19560900
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 72082418
Filing Date September 30, 1959
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0698571
Registration Date May 31, 1960
Owner (REGISTRANT) FISHER SCIENTIFIC COMPANY CORPORATION PENNSYLVANIA 717 FORBES ST. PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA
(LAST LISTED OWNER) DEUTECHE BANK, AG, NEW YORK BRANCH ASSOCIATION C/O DEUTSCHE BANK LEVERAGED LOAN PORTFOLIO 60 WALL STREET, 43RD FL NEW YORK NEW YORK 10005
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 19800531
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date June 9, 2001

(Trademark)
Word Mark SPOONULA
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: Spatulas
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76317870
Filing Date September 27, 2001
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Progressive International Corporation CORPORATION DELAWARE 6111 South 228th Street Kent WASHINGTON 98064
Attorney of Record John R. Benefiel
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date July 16, 2002

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, October 21, 2013 • Permalink