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Eskimo Pie Corporation Records, 1921-1996

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Creator:
Eskimo Pie Corporation
Author:
Nelson, Christian Kent 1893-1992
Physical description:
15 cu. ft.: 50 boxes
Culture:
Inuit
Eskimos
Type:
Business records
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Clippings
Legal records
Advertisements
Sheet music
Posters
Date:
1921
1921-1996
20th century
1890-1920
Notes:
Eskimo Pie, invented by Christian Kent Nelson in 1920, was possibly America's first chocolate-covered ice cream bar, although other inventors contested this. The company's use of Arctic and Eskimo imagery (and polar bears) in their packaging, marketing and advertising campaigns was a distinctive feature, with interesting implications for the relationships between anthropology and ethnic references in popular culture.
Summary:
Printed advertisements, photographs (including negatives and slides), sales presentation materials and packaging; patent and legal information, clippings, posters, scripts for radio commercials, sheet music for jingles, etc. Also includes personal papers (correspondence) of Christian Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie.
Cite as:
Eskimo Pie Corporation Records, 1921-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Polar bear in art
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Ice cream industry
Advertising
Ice cream industry--Equipment and supplies
Ethnic imagery
Local number:
96-3185 to 96-3186 (OPPS slides of collection items)
1996.3046 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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