Ketchup bottle, George W. Bush, 2004

Ketchup bottle, George W. Bush, 2004

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The 2004 presidential race was between the Republican incumbent President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger John Kerry, senator from Massachusetts. Because Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz, was related to the Heinz family who founded a food processing company, a group of New York City Republicans started their own ketchup company to avoid eating Heinz ketchup. Using a label picturing George Washington, W Ketchup was introduced in 2004 with the advertising slogan “You don’t support Democrats. Why should your Ketchup?” (Teresa Heinz was not a majority stakeholder in the Heinz Company.) The product was distributed through internet sales and no proceeds were contributed to political campaigns. The W Ketchup company ceased production in 2015.
Object Name
Bottle
Date made
2004
referenced
Bush, George W.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
red; white (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 3 in x 1 1/4 in; 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
2004.0280.01
accession number
2004.0280
catalog number
2004.0280.01
subject
Political Campaigns
Presidents
Presidential Campaign of 2004
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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