The Cracker Jack Co., est. 1871

Museum Artifact: Cracker Jack Cocoanut Corn Crisp Tin, c. 1930

Made By: The Cracker Jack Company, 4800 W. 66th Street, Chicago, IL

“You can eat as much as you like!” That’s how the Cracker Jack Company marketed its new Cocoanut Corn Crisp to America in 1928, assuring all snackers that these “luscious lumps of goodness” were “healthful, pure, and wholesome.” Not being a doctor or nutritionist,

Bunte Brothers, est. 1876

Museum Artifacts: Bunte “Fine Confections, “Diana,” “Stuft” and “World Famous Candies” Tins by Bunte Brothers, 1910s-1930s

Made By: Bunte Brothers Candy, 3301 W. Franklin Blvd., Chicago, IL

Which industry best exemplified the spirit of Chicago at its manufacturing zenith? The steel mills? The Union Stock Yards? The railroads? Architecture?

Nope. It was definitely candy—sweet, delectable, teeth-rotting candy.

For the thousands of Chicago factory workers employed in the confectionery trade,

Marshall Field’s Frango Mints, 1929-1999

Museum Artifact: Marshall Field’s Frango Mints Box, c. 1950s

Made By: Marshall Field & Co., 111 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Fannie May Candy Co., est. 1920

Museum Artifact: Fannie May “Kitchen Fresh Candies” box, c. 1950s

Made By: Fannie May Candy Co., 1137 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Ferrara Pan Candy Co., est. 1908

Museum Artifact: Ferrara’s Boston Baked Beans box, c. 1940s

Made By: Ferrara Candy Co., 2200 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Libby, McNeill & Libby, est. 1869

Museum Artifact: Libby’s Canned Foods Store Display, 1923

Made By: Libby, McNeill & Libby, 13636 South Western Avenue, Blue Island, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Schoenhofen Brewing Co., est. 1861

Museum Artifact: Edelweiss Maltine Bottle, c. 1900s

Made By: The Peter Schoenhofen Brewing Company, Canalport Avenue & West 18th Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Bowman Dairy Company, est. 1874

Museum Artifact: Bowman Cottage Cheese container, c. 1950s

Made By: Bowman Dairy Company, 140 W. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL + Numerous plant locations

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

The Standard Brewery, est. 1892

Museum Artifact: Standard Brewery “OaKay” Export Beer Bottle, c. 1910

Made By: The Standard Brewery, W . Roosevelt Rd. and S. Campbell Ave., Chicago, IL

It might seem like we’re currently living in the golden era of the regional micro-brewery, what with upwards of 3,000 “craft beer” producers now in operation in the U.S., and about 70 inside the Chicago city limits alone. The “brew-pub” phenomenon,

M. J. Holloway & Co., est. 1920

Museum Artifact: Holloway’s Milk Duds, 5-cent box, c. 1940s

Made By: M. J. Holloway & Co., 308 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Orange Crush Co., est. 1911

Museum Artifact: 8-Pack of Orange Crush (with 6 Glass Bottles), c. 1965

Made By: Crush International, Inc. / Orange Crush Company, 2201 Main Street, Evanston, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Steven’s Candy Kitchens, est. 1921

Museum Artifact: Mrs. Steven’s Candies Tin, c. 1930s

Made By: Steven Candy Kitchens, Inc., 481 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Weber-Stephen Products Co., est. 1893

Museum Artifact: Weber Barbecue Accessories Starter Set 8801, 1970s

Made By: Weber-Stephen Products Co., 100 N. Hickory St., Arlington Heights, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Swift & Co., est. 1875

Museum Artifact: Swift’s Soybean Oil Meal, 100LB Burlap Sack, c. 1940s

Made By: Swift & Company, 4179 Packers Avenue, Union Stockyards., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

 

Empire Spice Mills MFG Co., est. 1937

Museum Artifact: Burma Brand Spices: Cinnamon Tin, c. 1940s

Made By: Empire Spice Mills Manufacturing Company, 917 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Andes Candies, est. 1921

Museum Artifact: Andes Candies Tin, c. 1960s

Made By: Andes Candies, Inc., 4430 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Albert Dickinson Co., est. 1888

Museum Artifact: Little Buster Hulless Popcorn, c. 1920s

Made by: Albert Dickinson Company, 2750 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Oscar Mayer & Co., est. 1883

Museum Artifact: “Little Oscar & The Bandit” Coloring Book, 1962

Made By: Oscar Mayer & Co., Inc., 1241 N. Sedgwick St., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Case-Moody Pie Corp., est. 1929

Museum Artifact: Case-Moody Pie Pans, c. 1940s

Made By: Case-Moody Pie Corporation, 1807 W. Walnut Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Central Waxed Paper Co., est. 1915

Museum Artifact: Original Bread Wrapper Wax Proof Sheets, 1920s

Made By: Central Waxed Paper Co., 5659 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.