Krispy Automatic Ring-King Junior Doughnut Machine

The Krispy Automatic Ring-King Junior was introduced by the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation of Winston-Salem, N.C., in the 1950s. It was designed for making the company's signature product—hot glazed doughnuts—in small retail operations around the United States and abroad. The Ring-King Junior could produce about 60 dozen doughnuts an hour, and was used until the late 1960s.
This doughnut machine was part of a collection of artifacts and archival materials donated to the Museum in 1997 on the 60th anniversary of the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. The collection documents the history of an American business enterprise and also provides a view into food technology, marketing, and southern regional food traditions.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
overall: 58 in x 38 in x 31 in; 147.32 cm x 96.52 cm x 78.74 cm
overall: 50 in x 43 in x 72 in; 127 cm x 109.22 cm x 182.88 cm
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Industry & Manufacturing
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


"My grandmother (Ruth Bly) owned and operated Bly's Donut Shop in Mattoon IL. for over 63 years. She carried the Krispy Kreme name for part of her carrier that started in 1944. We still have some of the original equipment she used from clear back then, including two of these Ring King Jr's. They still operate to this this day and are quite an amazing piece. "

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