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Object ID 002795

Object Name Whitman's Library Package chocolate box

Object Desc One-pound box originally containing Whitman's chocolates. Box looks like a harcover book and was called the "library package."

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002558

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 1915

End Year Range 1930

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Whitman's,chocolates,candy,confections,library package box,

Title Whitman's Library Package chocolate box

Description Whitman's Library Package chocolate box which looks like a hardcover book. Box/book spine has gold stamped image of open book with the words "library package" written across them. Box/book cover has double line gold stamped border, Whitman's Chocolates and winged dragon logo in center, and 1 lb. net in lower right corner. Box/book opens on right to reveal a list of other chocolates made by Whitmans inside the cover. Paper page has a list of the contents - Part 1/top layer and Part 2/lower layer. Box interior has a folded piece of wax paper. Book cover is a textured grey/blue color.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2

Length 7

Width 5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Whitman's

Maker Details In 1842, a 19-year-old Quaker named Stephen F. Whitman set up a small "confectionery and fruiterer shoppe" on Market Street near the Philadelphia waterfront. His shop attracted Philadelphians from all walks of life, leading citizens to sailors. Thanks to exotic ingredients taken to Whitman by well-traveled sailors, his candies quickly gained renown across the Northeast. Whitman was an innovative marketer; he knew that presentation could be as important as taste to some customers. So he created beautiful packaging and well-crafted advertising campaigns that focused prospective customers on the quality of his candies. Whitman's became a familiar name, thanks to ads in newspapers and magazines as early as 1857. In 1911, Whitm also created the Whitman's SamplerŪ, an assortment of the company's best-selling chocolates. Inspired by a cross-stitched sampler hanging in his home.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2558



Date NOV 14,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Box is faded and has discoloration. Spine is damaged.