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George Dorne Company  Search this
Tin, lithograph (?)
4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Advertising ephemera
ca. 1907
Metal tip tray with advertisement for Dorne's Carnation Chewing Gum. The tray is pale green with pink carnation blossoms behind the product Logo. Along the walls of the tray the slogan "Taste the Smell" is repeated. Patented in 1911, Carnation chewing gum was the George Dorne Company of Cincinnati’s most popular and successful chewing gum. The flavor was said to resemble the aroma of carnations. This form of novelty advertisement was given to customers by their waiters.
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Over the course of the nineteenth century, the establishment of many successful businesses in America was met with new technologies that opened opportunities for companies to expand their markets. This was stimulated by the consumer-driven way of life espoused by the growing middle class with more money to spend. Competition increased, and many companies turned to advertising to increase sales and win over customers. As industrialization increased supply and the economy grew during the nineteenth century, advertising and the development of mass marketing strategies expanded alongside it. Advertising was a means to market products or services that was communicated through various media such as newspapers, magazines, catalogs, trade cards, and printed ephemera. Effective advertising employed “branding” which used targeted slogans, images, phrases that created associations with a product name or image with certain qualities in consumers’ minds. Companies continually reevaluated changing tastes, needs, and fashions in order to stay up-to-date with the desires of the consumers, and new advertisements were constantly being released to appeal to them. By 1900, the advertising agency was an established profession at the forefront of creative planning and mass marketing.
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Chewing gum  Search this
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Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
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