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Object ID 001211

Object Name Famous Philadelphia Chips

Object Desc An empty tin box container that used to contain potato chips. Manufacturer: Unknown

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001048a-b

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

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords potato chips,Famous Philadelphia Chips,food,tins,

Title Famous Philadelphia Chips

Description This is an empty rectangle tin can that used to contain potato chips. The maker is unknown. The cover to the can says the brand name and has an image of liberty hall. It is on a red and gold background. The front and back labels of the can are the same as the cover execpt for the image of Ben Franklin to the left and the liberty bell to the right. The left and right sides have the same image as the front and back, but what is added is always fresh in a tin can 5 cent rebate for empty can. The bottom is rusted and blank.


Approx Collection Date

Height 9

Length 6

Width 4.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details .75 inches in height for the cover.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Unknown

Maker Details Popular versions say this happened on August 24, 1853, and versions by the late 19th century attributed the dish to George Crum, a Native American cook at Moon's Lake House, who was trying to please an unhappy customer. He sliced the potatoes very thin, fried them until crisp and seasoned them with extra salt. The customer loved them. They soon became called "Saratoga Chips", a name that persisted into at least the mid-20th century. the 20th century, potato chips spread beyond chef-cooked restaurant fare and began to be mass-produced for home consumption. The Dayton, Ohio-based Mike-sell's Potato Chip Company, founded in 1910, identifies as the "oldest potato chip company in the United States". New England-based Tri-Sum Potato Chips, originally founded in 1908 as the Leominster Potato Chip Company, in Leominster, Massachusetts claim to be America's first potato chip manufacturer.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001048a-b



Date JAN 13,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some minor edge wear, but the main concern should be for the rust on the bottom of the tin can.