Object ID 001033
Object Name Mead's Dextri-Maltose can
Object Desc Metal can originally containing Mead's Dextri-Maltose infant formula.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY000907
General Category History
Category Food Containers
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
Object Date 1939
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Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords infant formula,Mead Johnson & Company,food,cans,dextri-maltose,
Title Mead's Dextri-Maltose can
Description Metal cylindrical tin originally containing Mead's Dextri-Maltose infant food. Can has sides painted cream with burgundy trim. Tin describes product as "a product consisting of maltose and dextrose, resulting from the enzymic action of barley malt on cereal starch." Can contained 5 lbs. of the product. Manufactured in the USA by Mead Johnson & Co of Evansville, Indiana. Contents were to be dissolved in water or milk and then fed to infant.
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Place of Origin
Maker Mead Johnson & Company
Maker Details Edward Mead Johnson had founded Johnson & Johnson in 1886 together with his brothers. In 1895, Johnson developed a side business called The American Ferment Company to create a digestive aid. In 1897, E. Mead Johnson left the family business to go out into business on his own in Jersey City, New Jersey, and in 1905, the company was re-established as Mead Johnson & Company. The firm's first major infant formula was developed in 1910, and Dextri-Maltose, a carbohydrate-based milk modifier was introduced in 1911, making it the first American product for infants to be clinically approved and recommended by doctors. The firm moved to Evansville, Indiana, in 1915, in the wake of World War I, as part of an effort to have easier access to the raw agricultural ingredients that were needed for its products, which required Johnson to build a series of new plants and factories to replace the ones he had left behind in New Jersey.
Date OCT 23,2013
Assessor Molly Hannan
Notes Tin shows some minimal signs of wear. Some areas of exterior surface have scratches and discoloration. Lid is firmly in place and was not opened. Tin is free of rust.