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Object ID 001210

Object Name American Candy Co. High Life Mixture box

Object Desc An empty box that used to contain candy made by American Candy Company in Milwaukee

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001047a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Candy


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, candy display

Object Date

Start Year Range 1884

End Year Range 1939

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords candy,American Candy Company,boxes,

Title American Candy Co. High Life Mixture box

Description This is an empty rectanglar box that used to contain candies made by the American Candy Company. The box does not have much for labeling. On the front cover of the box it has an image of a woman in her graduation gown holding a sheet of paper. There is nothing on the sides of the cover. The bottom box has a label on the back side It says High Life Mixture American Candy Co. Milwaukee No. 6048 Guaranteed under the FDA June 30, 1906. In the upper left had corner is some pencil writing box 3.00 in box 8.50. The rest of the box is blank.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.5

Length 6.75

Width 2.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure

Dimension Details

Quantity 1

Material paper


Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker American Candy Co.

Maker Details Established on Water Street in 1884, the American Candy Co. churned out about 100,000 pounds of candy monthly, according to Historic Third Ward documents. It moved into the seven-story Broadway digs in 1902 and was best known for its “Rex” brand of fine chocolates, along with cream almonds and other mixed candies. The American Candy Co. is now known as the creator of Fun Gum Sugar Lips, or wax lips. The company moved to Selma, Ala., in 1939, folded in 2003 after filing for bankruptcy, and is now a division of Tootsie Roll. Howard B. Stark invented Snirkles in 1920 in Milwaukee, and after buying equipment from the American Candy Co. in 1939, founded the Stark Candy Co., which operated in this building for a while. William F. Stark (the founder’s grandson) sold the company to the New England Confectionery Co. in 1988, which then shut down the Pewaukee factory on May 30, 2008.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001047a-b



Date JAN 13,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some stains on the box and two seams on the bottom box are ripped. Edge wear all over 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, candy display from Room 4 - automatic entry by admin