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
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Room 4, candy display
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
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
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.
Date NOV 14,2014
Assessor Molly Hannan
Notes Box is faded and has discoloration. Spine is damaged.