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Object ID 002192

Object Name Cretors Popcorn box

Object Desc Rectangular box for Cretors Popcorn. Blue coloring. Image of child eating popcorn on front.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002105

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Food Containers


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 12

Object Date

Start Year Range 1910

End Year Range 1920

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords C. Cretors & Co.,popcorn,boxes,advertising,

Title Cretors Popcorn box

Description Rectangular cardboard box. Blue prining on all sides. On front is image of girl eating popcorn from a bag. Text at bottom "Cretors / Pop Corn / Perfect Uniform Seasoning". Flapped lid at top and bottom of box. Top has text on one flap "Seasoned/ While / Popping'. Left and right sides are the same "It's / Cretors / PopCorn" Circular shape at center "The / Worlds Best". At bottom "Delicious / Nourishing / Satisfying". On back of box is image of popcorn machine at center with text around "Eat / Cretors' / Pop Corn / Delicious Wholesome" At left "Produced Only By Cretors Machines" At right "Tastes Good and It's Good For You" On bottom of box warning about trademark infringement and statement that only popcorn made in a Cretor's machine could be put in box. Mfg text "C. Cretors & Co., Chicago, Ill."


Approx Collection Date

Height 10

Length 0

Width 6.88

Depth 2.88

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0

Material paper


Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker C. Cretors & Co.

Maker Details Charles Cretors started the company in 1885. He had purchased a peanut roaster, but was not satisfied and redesigned it for his confectionary shop. He moved to Chicago and purchased a vendors license to test his machine in front of his store. The machine had a steam engine. In 1893, Cretors created a machine that could roast peanuts and popcorn in oil. This machine was the first automated machine that could pop popcorn uniformly in its own seasonings creating consistancy to product. In 1893, he received a patent for the machine. He took the machine to the 1893 World's Fair midway. Cretors also created the first popcorn machine with an electirc motor. The company also designed machines that could hold more of the product to market to movie theaters in the 1920s.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2105



Date MAY 15,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, box is yellowed with light wear on edges. Tears and creases along edges. Blue coloring is faded. On front, creases on left edge from handling. Stain on upper right quadrant on front by girl's hair. On top of box, tear at upper left edge about 3/4" long. Top flap has creases and tearing on two tabs. Bottom flap is worn along fold, use caution. On left and right sides at bottom edge, pieces of cellophane tape, yellowed, attached to box. On back of box, hole at top edge center. One the light colored areas of box looks like possible foxing. Bottom of box is worn, creases at tabs on lid. Interior box is in good condtion, white spots on top of interior front side. Blue ink on interior of lids from wear.


Date MAY 15,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date MAY 15,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 17 from Hardware Store - automatic entry by admin

Date MAY 16,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 12 from Room 7, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin