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Consumer Reports' 75th anniversary celebration

A look at the past, present, and future of Consumer Reports

Last updated: March 2013

Bloomberg (left) proclaimed Oct. 28, 2011, Consumer Reports Day in New York City..

On Oct. 28-29, 2011, an interactive exhibit of Consumer Reports' history and future was on display in Grand Central Terminal, New York, N.Y. to celebrate Consumer Reports' 75th anniversay.

The exhibit featured displays on cars, appliances and home products, electronics, wellness, and shopping, and included testing demonstrations, ask the expert sessions.

The event also featured a panel discussion about the role of media in keeping our food safe. Food safety is a key area in our work. And over the decades, our lab tests and critical reporting has informed the public about antibiotic-resistant bacteria in pork, arsenic in rice, Bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foodsalmonella in chicken, and other dangers lurking in our food supply.

Our history

In February 1936, a dedicated band of professors, labor leaders, journalists, and engineers founded Consumers Union. Explore some of the highlights of our history in our interactive timeline and go from Consumers Union's origins to present day.


Our archive of vintage photographs from over the years not only shows the ingenuity of our testers but also traces the changing face of American consumer products over the course of the 20th century.

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75th-anniversary donors

Consumer Reports wishes to thank the many generous donors who helped to make our 75th-anniversary possible.

Hermine Aborn James A. Guest
David Akselrad Elizabeth Hamilton
Paige Amidon Alan Hanks
George Arthur Sean Harvey
Jeff A. Asher Karen Hein
Mr. and Mrs. William Beattie Eileen B. Hershenov
Chris Bernabo John Hildreth
Philip Berne Masayoshi Itoh
Deborah J. Bette John Kazarosian
Christine A. Bjorklund Irene E. Leech
Thomas Blum Norman Leonarczyk
Erica Bonime Josephine Lerro
Mitchell Boyarsky Andrew Lustigman
Stephen Brobeck Joseph Marchese
Marianne Cardamone Christopher Marlborough
Joan Chambers Louis Masses
Eric Charping Anne McKay
Arthur Christian Neil McKelvie
Chris Christiansen Debra McLain
Bonnie Cohen-Gallet Christopher Meyer
Rebecca W. Coletta Holt Meyer
Richard Cross Lou Milani
Doug Czerwonka Michael Miller
Michael T. D'Alessandro Jeffrey Miller
Paul Dantzig Jose Mosquera
Edward J. Davis Joyce Newman
Vivian De Vito Geraldine Orio
Heather E. Dennis Arthur Quattlander
Thomas Deutsch Eric Rayman
Allison Devore Clayton C. Regier
Robert Drucker David A. Rocker
Ann Durney Harriet Rosenblum
Henry R. Eiser James Saacks
Eldon Ellberbeck Paula Saddler
Walter Elvers Rob Schneider
Solomon Fingold Teresa M. Schwartz
Monte Florman Michael Sciarrino
Judith Frank Linda Shapiro
Dan Franklin Susan Stearns
Ken Franklin Richard Stern
Christine Frietchen Linda Tepedino
Edward N. Gadsby Linda Wagner
Thomas Gaffny Stephen D. Weinroth
Christine Gannon Todd S. Wilkinson
Neil Giacobbi Mary L. Wood
K. Goldstein

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