Rich's Crystallized Ginger Candy Tin

Description:

This yellow, rectangular tin with black design and black writing once contained crystallized canton ginger candies made by E.C. Rich, Inc. of New York.

Sweet treats have been a part of the human diet nearly since the beginning of human existence. The type of treat has changed over time, but human desire for sweetness has not. Candy can be hard or chewy, may or may not contain chocolate and can be sweet or sour. Sugar cane was introduced to Europeans when crusaders brought the substance back from the Middle East, and it was with these Europeans that sugar gained its highly prized status as an art form and a gift to be given away on special occasions. A status that persists to this day when a suitor gives their beloved chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

At one time, small family owned confectionary shops dominated the American landscape. Opening a candy making business was a relatively low cost investment, all one needed was a kitchen and a basket to sell their treats from on the street. As demand grew, they could grow their business. Today, many of these small businesses have been absorbed into large corporations who command a much greater market power. Crystallized ginger was and still is popular for adding into baked goods as well as eating on its own.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

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Credit Line: Can Manufacturers Institute

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.77-FT-15.0175Catalog Number: 77-FT-15.0175Accession Number: 283681

Object Name: CanContainer, medicinal

Physical Description: tin (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5.2 cm x 9.5 cm x 15.3 cm; 2 1/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 6 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-bc3b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_870096

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