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Object ID 000157

Object Name Instant Postum

Object Desc Metal tin, rectangular base. White painted, with a blue stripe at the top. Writing in red, "Instant Postum." Lid is not removable.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000140

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

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End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

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

Title Instant Postum

Description Metal tin, painted white, and blue. Red writing, says, "Instant Postum." Rectangular base, lid not removable.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 1.75

Width 2.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker General Foods Corp.

Maker Details Instant Postum cereal beverage manufactured by products division of General Foods Corporation, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA. makes 50 cups. Made Instantly in cup. Important use or less Instant Postum. Hot Postum, Postum-made-with-milk, iced postum, postum milk shake, postum syrup. Postum has no caffein or stimulant. Sleeplessness nervous or indigestion. This 10-calorie beverage was caffeine free, fat free, trans-fat free, sodium free, and kosher. In addition to the original flavor, there was also a coffee-flavored version. Postum is a powdered roasted grain beverage often used as a coffee substitute. The caffeine-free beverage was created by Postum Cereal Company founder C. W. Post in 1895 and marketed as a healthful alternative to coffee. (The Postum Cereal Company eventually became General Foods, which was bought by Kraft Foods.)

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY000140



Date FEB 1,2013

Summary good

Assessor Katie Wells

Notes the top rusty. splotches on the label paper.