Bowers Mints Tin

Bowers Mints Tin

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This round, blue tin with gold writing was used to store and market Bowers Old Fastioned Creamy Mints. The lid contains the name of the product as well as a list of ingredients.
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. Early pharmacists also often used sugar to mask the bitter tastes of their medical concoctions or prescribed sugar as a cure for an ailment itself.
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. Breath mints gained popularity because of the way they felt cool and refreshing in the mouth while also freshening one’s breath. Peppermint was also considered a digestive aid, and mint leaves and breath mints were often chewed after a meal.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
container
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 6 in; 6.35 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
ZZ.RSN80544Z87
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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