Part of a nation's history lies in what people eat. Artifacts at the Museum document the history of food in the United States from farm machinery to diet fads.
More than 1,300 pieces of stoneware and earthenware show how Americans have stored, prepared, and served food for centuries. Ovens, cookie cutters, kettles, aprons, and ice-cream-making machines are part of the collections, along with home canning jars and winemaking equipment. More than 1,000 objects recently came to the Museum when author and cooking show host Julia Child donated her entire kitchen, from appliances to cookbooks.
Advertising and business records of several food companies—such as Hills Brothers Coffee, Pepsi Cola, and Campbell's Soup—represent the commercial side of the subject
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- This plastic orange is a souvenir from the Florida state pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Visitors to the pavilion’s “Florida Citrus Tower” and Minute Maid Company exhibit were invited to taste juices, see a live porpoise show, and watch the “Florida Citrus Water Ski Show.” The surface of the plastic orange is embossed with a porpoise shape and the message: “I’ve seen the fabulous Florida Porpoise Show, New York World’s Fair,” “The real thing - O.J. from Florida,” and “Compliments of the Florida Citrus Commission.”
- The Florida Citrus Commission is a 12-member board, appointed by the Governor of Florida to oversee the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC). The FDOC, a separate agency from the state’s Department of Agriculture, includes citrus growers, processors, and packers, and is responsible for the marketing, research, and regulation of the state’s citrus industry. In cooperation with the state government, the citrus industry helped promote Florida to tourists. While orange trees were not native to Florida, they—and the warm climate they depended on—became powerful symbols of the sunshine state.
- In 1967, the Florida State Legislature declared "the juice obtained from mature oranges of the species Citrus sinensis and hybrids” as the official beverage of the State of Florida (Fla. Stat. 15.032). However, since the 1960s, citrus cultivation rapidly decreased as Florida's population increased and land was developed for other uses. Orange County, Florida, home of Disneyland and Orlando, for example, produced 95% less citrus in 1990 than in 1970.
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- Philadelphia, PA ; Est. 1835
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- Virginia Dare Extract Co., Inc.
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- Smithsonian Libraries