Jell-O Shipping Crate

Jell-O Shipping Crate

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Description (Brief)
This shipping crate side originally contained Jell-O manufactured by the Jell-O Company, Inc. of LeRoy, New York during the early 20th century. The crate side warns the owner to “Keep In a Dry Place.”Peter Cooper patented powdered gelatin in 1845. The patent was sold to Pearle B. Wait in 1897, who flavored the gelatin and named the product Jell-O. Two years later Jell-O was sold to Francis Woodward of the Genesee Pure Food Company, who popularized the dessert.
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Object Name
crate label
referenced business
Jell-O Company
Place Made
United States: New York, Le Roy
Physical Description
wood (substrate material)
ink (crate label material)
crate label: 6 in x 14 in; 15.24 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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