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Object ID 001206

Object Name Mulford Mints Box

Object Desc An empty green box with red words that used to contain breath mints made by the H. K. Mulford Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001034

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Candy


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 11

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords breath mints,Mulford Mints,H. K. Mulford Co.,boxes,candy,food,

Title Mulford Mints Box

Description The item is an empty green box with red letters that used to contain breath mints made by H.K. Mulford Co. On the front of the box it says Mulford Mints and the company name and where it was located (Philadelphia) in gold. The top and bottom sides says that the contents were delieved in sanitary boxes to keep the freshness. The left and right sides of the box List the other flavors that the company made. Under the lid of the cover says Mulford Mints in red letters and it was originally 5 cents. It was artificially flavored to sweeten the breath. It complied with the FDA and states it location again. In the lower right hand corner it has an image of the breath mints in the mulford mints box. The bottom of the box is blank. The lid is attached to the rest of the box by hinges.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 8.25

Width 4.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker H. K. Mulford Co.

Maker Details Henry K. Mulford, had established the firm in the late 1880s, when he purchased the "Old Simes" drugstore, which had dated back to 1815. Shortly after he acquired the business, he began to produce a line of pharmaceutical preparations. Mulford sought a financial backer and found it in 1889 in the person of Milton Campbell, a fellow graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. By 1894 Ipharmaceutical firm known as the H. K. Mulford Co. of Philadelphia opened a biological laboratory in the southern end of Glenolden. At its height, around 1920, the firm had about 1,000 employees, including physicians, pharmacists, chemists, veterinarians and many other technically trained individuals. Glenolden's entire population at the time was only 1,944. By 1929, when Mulford merged with the Maryland corporation of Sharp & Dohme, the firm was considered to be the largest commercial biological laboratory in the world, having successfully developed a long list of medicines.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001034



Date JAN 12,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes A lot of edge wear to the seams of the box. On the right hand side of the cover it has rusted. Some fading and stains throughout the box.


Date JAN 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Candy exhibit from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 27,2015

Summary Status change

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

Date FEB 27,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4 from Candy exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 30,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 11 from Room 4 - automatic entry by admin