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.
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.
Eskimo Pie Corporation Records, 1921-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Polar bear in art
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Ice cream industry
Ice cream industry--Equipment and supplies
96-3185 to 96-3186 (OPPS slides of collection items)