O.T.C. Trenton Crackers

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Description (Brief)
Bobby pins in matchbook-style holder made of blue plastic. Orange print reads, "O.T.C. Trenton Crackers have no substitute."
OTC® Oyster Crackers were introduced in Trenton, N.J., in 1847 by Adam Exton, an English immigrant. Exton conceived the idea of baking a cracker to be used in oyster stews. In 1848, one year after the Exton crackers arrived on the Trenton scene, Ezekiel Pullen began baking an "Original Trenton Cracker" in the kitchen of his home. He sold his crackers from the back of his wagon as he made his way along Trenton streets. Both businesses grew as a craze for oysters developed in the 1860s and 1870s. OTC ® crackers became available from wooden barrels in neighborhood stores and in seafood restaurants. During the Civil War, the Exton company supplied its crackers to the Union army.
In 1887 Christopher Cartlidge bought the Pullen Cracker Company and renamed it Original Trenton Cracker Company. In 1962, after 115 years of rivalry, the Cartlidge family bought the Exton company, making it at last the one and only "Original Trenton Cracker." Specialty Brands of America has owned the OTC® brand since 1993.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1925
place made
United States: New Jersey, Trenton
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: .02 cm x 3.1 cm x 6 cm; in x 1 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in
overall: 3/16 in x 1 7/16 in x 2 3/8 in; .47625 cm x 3.65125 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
New Jersey
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


We always bought OTC for home made soups when I was growing up in south Jersey. I have lived in south Florida since 1969 and have gotten the recipe for my mother's clam chowder and would love to have OTC with it.
I worked for OTC when they moved from Trenton to Lambertville. Many good memories.

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