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Object ID 000126

Object Name Instant Postum

Object Desc Three oblong bottom, metal tins. White with blue writing. Lids not removable. says, "Instant Postum A Beverage." Image of coffee cup, hot water pot, cream and sugar, above writing. 8 oz tins. The lids are oval, and say, "Keep air tight press down lid."

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000136a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Food Containers


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Instant Postum,coffee alternative,beverages,Postum Company,tins,

Title Instant Postum

Description Postum Cereal. Instant Postum a beverage made of whole wheat and bran roasted with sugar-can molasses. Post Foods products.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5

Length 3.5

Width 2

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The oval metal lid (does not come off) is 2.5 inches long by 1.75 inches wide.

Quantity 3



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Postum Company

Maker Details Postum Company, Inc. Battle Creek, Mich., U.S.A. Division of General Foods Corp. Net Weight 8 oz. Does not contain csffein or any stimulant 90-100 cups. diections are on the back and explains how to make iced Postum in the summer. This 10-calorie beverage was caffeine free, fat free, trans-fat free, sodium free, and kosher The founder of The Postum Cereal company was C. W. Post. In 1895 they marketed Postum as a healthful alternative to coffeeThe instant mix was developed in 1912. The Postum Cereal Company eventually became General Foods, which was bought by Kraft Foods.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY000136 A-C



Date JAN 30,2013

Summary good

Assessor Katie Wells

Notes CMY136a has some rust on both the top and bottom of the can. Several marks on the painted metal, lid does not come off. CMY136b some scratches to the metal paint, otherwise, little to no rust, very good condition. CMY136c rusty top, a few dents on the front right side, and some scratches in the paint.