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Object ID 000979

Object Name Uncle John's Syrup ad

Object Desc A framed advertisment for Uncle John's syrup, a company based in New England, specifically Boston Mass. It depicts a man with two ox pulling a maple syrup delivery through the snow/

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000863

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


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 advertising,syrup,Uncle John's Syrup,Donaldson Litho,signs,

Title Uncle John's Syrup Poster

Description This rectangular, framed, advertisement depicts Uncle John's Syrup company based in Boston, Mass. It has a man with two ox pulling the cargo of Uncle John's syrup in a very snowy forest. In the foreground there is an picture of a can of Uncle John's Syrup. On the Bottom of the advertisement it says "Made from Cane and Maple Sugars- Absolutely Pure." In the very right hand corner it states in small print "Donald Litho New Port"


Approx Collection Date

Height 12

Length 22

Width 0.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details CMY863 is measured at 12" high, by 22" across.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Donaldson Litho

Maker Details The named plaintiff was George Bleistein, an employee of the Courier Lithographing Company. The company had been hired by Benjamin Wallace, owner of a traveling circus called the "Great Wallace Show" (which would later become the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus) to design and produce a number of chromolithographs used to produce posters to promote the circus. The posters featured images from the circus, such as ballet dancers and acrobats. When Wallace ran out of posters, rather than ordering more from the plaintiff, Wallace hired the Donaldson Lithographing Company - a competitor of the plaintiff - to manufacture copies of three of those posters. Courier (and Bleistein, in name) sued Donaldson for copyright infringement. The involement of this printing company gave way to the idea of advertisements being under protection of copywriting.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY863



Date SEP 25,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Emily Piekarz

Notes Advertisement is very dusty and there is a large nail hole in the top center of the frame. Otherwise the advertisement itself is in excellent condition.


Date SEP 25,2013

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date SEP 25,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1 from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date SEP 26,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 20,2015

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin