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Aladdin Industries, Inc. Records

Creator:
Johnson, Victor S., Sr., 1882-1943  Search this
Johnson, Victor, Jr., 1906-  Search this
Aladdin Industries, Inc. (Nashville, Tenn.).  Search this
Names:
Allen, Steve  Search this
Reagan, Ronald  Search this
Extent:
50 Cubic feet (120 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Newsletters
Commercial art
Picture postcards
Laboratory notebooks
Patents
Design drawings
Business records
Advertisements
Scrapbooks
Date:
1889-2003
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of approximately 50 cubic feet of material documenting Aladdin Industries Inc., manufacturers of vacuum ware and lunch boxes. The majority of the material dates from 1947 to the 1970s. The strength of the collection is with the lunch box documentation and product development, marketing, and sales records. There is some interesting labor history—specifically United Steel Workers agreement. The files of Victor S. Johnson, Sr. and Victor S. Johnson, Jr. form the core of the collection and provide rich documentation on the company's activities.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into seventeen series.

Series 1: Historical and Background Materials, 1919-1997

Series 2: Victor S. Johnson Sr. Files, 1916-1945

Series 3: Victor S. Johnson Jr. Files, 1906-1983

Series 4: Employee and Personnel Records, 1910-2001

Series 5: Research and Development Records, 1910-1976

Series 6: Patent Records, 1889-1973

Series 7: Sales Records, 1939-2000

Series 8: Advertising and Marketing Records, 1931-2001

Series 9: School Lunch Kits, 1952-1989

Series 10: Lamps and Kerosene Heaters, 1911-2000

Series 11: Temp-Rite, 1972-2000

Series 12: Competitors, 1963-2001

Series 13: Style Guides, 1966-1998

Series 14: Newsletters, 1943-1998

Series 15: Photographs, 1923-1986

Series 16: Scrapbooks, 1908-1962

Series 17: Audiovisual Materials, 1993-1996
Biographical / Historical:
Victor Samuel Johnson Sr., (1882-1943) was born in Nebraska. As a soap salesman for the Iowa Soap Company, he became interested in kerosene mantle burners. Dissatisfied with the available kerosene lamps, he began selling and dealing U.S. made mantles and incorporated the Mantle Lamp Company of America in Chicago in 1908. Johnson selected the name "Aladdin" from the famous story, "Aladdin; or The Wonderful Lamp." Johnson began research and development of a mantle lamp that gave off a steady white light and did not smoke. The Mantle Lamp Company began manufacturing lamps in 1912, with Plume & Atwood Manufacturing Company burners, and marketed them as "Aladdin Lamps." The company diversified in 1917 and began producing insulated cooking dishes, known as Aladdin Thermalware jars, for the U.S. military. These jars had an aluminum or steel jacket wrapped around a heavy glass receptacle. The space between was filled with cork. The introduction of the thermalware began the company's venture into heat and cold retaining receptacles.

In 1919, Johnson organized a subsidiary of the Mantle Lamp Company of America, Aladdin Industries, Inc., to market and sell the Aladdin thermalware jars and vacuum ware. At the same time, Mantle lamp Company of America formed Aladdin Limited in Canada and England to sell thermalware as well as Pathfinder Radio Corporation, Cadillac Photograph Corporation, Aladdin Chemical Corporation, Aladdin Phonograph Corporation, Johnson Laboratories, Inc. (radio components), and Aladdin Radio Industries (magnetic and radio research). Pathfinder, Cadillac, Aladdin Chemical and Aladdin Phonograph all failed. In 1926, the Mantle Lamp Company acquired Lippincott Glass Company of Alexandria, Indiana, where it manufactured and fabricated glass chimneys, shades and lamp bases, mantles, wicks, and metal lamp bases. The Alexandria plant closed in 1952 and eventually moved to Nashville.

In 1943, Victor S. Johnson Sr. died and his son, Victor S. Johnson Jr. (1906-), succeeded him as president of Aladdin Industries Inc. Johnson Jr. moved Aladdin from Chicago to Nashville, Tennessee in 1949 to place the company strategically in mid-America to distribute its products. Aladdin's general offices, vacuum bottle production, and electric lamps and kerosene completed the move by 1952.

In 1950, Aladdin began illustrating flat metal school lunch kits (lunch boxes with liquid containers) with images of popular radio, movie and television figures. Hopalong Cassidy was the first character kit. This innovative marketing decision produced an explosive growth in the lunch kit market and made Aladdin a pioneer in image licensing. Character lunch boxes became a large part of the childhood experience and are collector's items today. Over the years, Aladdin extended the range of characters depicted and began manufacturing plastic and soft, vinyl lunch kits with printed themes. It also introduced "3D" embossing on the flat metal kits. Embossed metal lunch kits were completely phased out in 1986 due to high production costs. In addition to the school lunch kits, Aladdin also introduced wide mouth vacuum bottles (pint and quart size) in 1953. The wide mouth bottles also carried "adult" themes such as the "Angler" fisherman's bottle. The thermosware line eventually moved from metal to plastic jackets and from a glass insulated filler to foam.

In 1965, Aladdin purchased the Stanley steel bottle operation from Landers, Frary and Clark in New Britain, Connecticut. Aladdin's diversification strategy led to the introduction in 1968 of the Temp-Rite® meal distribution plan, an insulated thermal tray service for hospitals, the airline industry, and prisons. The Temp-Rite® system gave rise to a full line of products and services and Aladdin formed a subsidiary, known as Aladdin Synergetics, Inc., to handle its health care and food service operations. Aladdin Synergetics was sold to Welbilt Corporation in 1998; the new operation was named Aladdin Temp-Rite. Other products added over the years included electric lamps, shades, kerosene stoves, and an electronics division in 1956. This division was established from a small technical research group whose function was patent licensing. As a subsidiary of Aladdin Industries, it produced transformers and radio and telephone filters. The subsidiary was sold to Vernitron in October, 1979.

At various times, Aladdin established offices in Alexandria, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee; Portland Oregon, Canada; Hungry; France; Australia, New Zealand; England; Iraq, Iran, Brazil, Japan, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay, France, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, and South Africa to market and sell its products.

Aladdin was financially mismanaged in the 1990s and rapidly declined. Aladdin Industries Inc. reorganized in 1999 and became known as Aladdin Industries LLC. High labor costs and unsuccessful efforts to develop new products led to further decline. By January, 2002, Aladdin had sold its remaining product lines and closed its Nashville plant. Aladdin lamps are still sold today by the Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company of Clarksville, Tennessee.
Separated Materials:
The Division of Cultural History, National Museum of American History, holds 30 lunch boxes and 28 thermos bottles from Aladdin Industries, Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, there is a pair of lamps. See Accession 2003.0255. Although the children's steel lunch boxes predominate, the collection represents the full spectrum of Aladdin box designs including vinyl, hard plastic, and fabric.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center by Aladdin Industries in 2003.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Lunchboxes  Search this
Character merchandising  Search this
Celebrities  Search this
Food containers  Search this
Food container industry  Search this
Thermos bottles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 20th century
Newsletters -- 20th century
Commercial art
Picture postcards -- 20th century -- United States
Laboratory notebooks
Patents -- 20th century
Design drawings -- 1950-2000
Business records -- 20th century
Advertisements -- 20th century
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Citation:
Aladdin Industries, Inc. Records, 1889-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0844
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Aladdin Industries, Inc. Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0844
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Herds of Moss Balls Mysteriously Roam the Arctic Together

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:49:54 +0000
Topic:
Custom RSS  Search this
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Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_b33d0d3a062b71d7fcba4742e74eb26a

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
de Hauke, César  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
Seligmann, René  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L.  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Arenberg  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
MM. Jacques Seligmann & fils  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art, European  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960

Creator:
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Subject:
Abbott, Berenice  Search this
Morris, Carl A.  Search this
Knaths, Karl  Search this
Weisenborn, Rudolph  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz  Search this
Ward, Lynd Kendall  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor  Search this
Brown, Samuel Joseph  Search this
Scaravaglione, Concetta Maria  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Hopkins, Harry Lloyd  Search this
Speck, Walter Edward  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Olds, Elizabeth  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Federal Music Project (U.S.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)  Search this
American Council of Learned Societies  Search this
Cartoonists Guild  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
Shakers  Search this
The Design Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Artists' Congress.  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
United States  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6730
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208855
AAA_collcode_cahiholg
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208855
Online Media:

Volcano Vision: Smithsonian Volcanologist Rick Wunderman

Creator:
Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-04-28T19:39:09Z
Topic:
Science  Search this
Youtube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
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SmithsonianScience
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianScience
Data Source:
Office of Public Affairs
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_5Y5hcpaWRZM

Juncus balticus Willd.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
J. Grøntved  Search this
Place:
E-Icel.: Stödvarfjördur., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
4 Aug 1951
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus balticus Willd.
Barcode:
03860142
USNM Number:
2314462
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/31db7779d-102c-48c0-b645-d5ea043cb881
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15686488

Juncus articulatus L.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
J. Grontved  Search this
Place:
Uveragerdi., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
25 Jul 1947
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus articulatus L.
Barcode:
03859975
USNM Number:
2314461
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/360f2fc2d-c29b-4a05-83d9-c16b60289c84
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15686644

Juncus alpinus Vill.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
Collector unknown  Search this
Place:
At Geysir: east of the bridge., Iceland, Europe
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus alpinus Vill.
Barcode:
03859901
USNM Number:
2314458
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/33820b822-f05c-4104-b530-8034cd9f9689
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15687146

Juncus bulbosus L.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
Edith Scamman  Search this
Place:
Reykjavik., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
2 Aug 1938 to 19 Aug 1938
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus bulbosus L.
Barcode:
03860266
USNM Number:
1823186
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3c2ea569e-c083-47a6-bdb3-5d25990936d1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15686112

Juncus balticus Willd.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
J. Grøntved  Search this
Place:
Sw-Icel.: Eng ved Ulfarsfell., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
19 Jul 1947
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus balticus Willd.
Barcode:
03860141
USNM Number:
2314460
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/32cb73e86-57ac-4237-82ed-be67b8d7b20d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15683681

Juncus triglumis L.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
Elizabeth L. Taylor  Search this
Place:
Akureyri, Iceland. Near hot springs., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
20 Jun 1895
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus triglumis L.
Barcode:
03858503
USNM Number:
371041
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/35f370b38-1ec1-4f90-8f2d-a9a6bf98d29b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15681713

Juncus alpinus Vill.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
Ol. Davidsson  Search this
Place:
Islandicae. Hof, Eyf. N-Iceland., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
22 Jul 1903
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus alpinus Vill.
Barcode:
03859911
USNM Number:
2036960
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/358a06450-c368-4f63-b3e6-f92cc4b62274
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15681820

Juncus triglumis L.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
J. Grontved  Search this
Place:
E-Icel.: Stödvarfjórdur above Kirkjubŏl., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
3 Aug 1951
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus triglumis L.
Barcode:
03865860
USNM Number:
2314468
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3b9e79ced-eda3-499f-ab95-93c1477913b2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15679867

Juncus sp.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
T. Sorensen  Search this
Place:
Islandicae. Løgumshlid v. Akureyri. Skraaning., Iceland, Europe
Common name:
juniper
rush
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus sp.
Barcode:
03865999
USNM Number:
2127291
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/31a75c4a0-8c6b-4db5-ac6e-84a8db96687a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15678274

Juncus supinus Moench

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
ex herb. J. H. Balfour  Search this
Place:
Ferry hills., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
29 Aug 1835
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus supinus Moench
Barcode:
03865803
USNM Number:
221964
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3c9ec18e1-a2cb-4c3a-a7d8-983a8e7f36cb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15677079

Juncus articulatus L.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
Steind. Steindórss  Search this
Place:
Reykir, Skagaf. N-Iceland., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
28 Jun 1937
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus articulatus L.
Barcode:
03859974
USNM Number:
2036956
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3ec3f3eb1-ab52-472e-b62b-85d7b5db9859
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15650683

Juncus biglumis L.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
Collector unknown  Search this
Place:
Islandicae. S. f. Akureyri., Iceland, Europe
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus biglumis L.
Barcode:
03860122
USNM Number:
2127279
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/38b368b2c-83d3-4be7-94c3-326b92b5a57b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15673635

Juncus arcticus Willd.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
T. Sorensen  Search this
Place:
Skagafjord: Orravatnarustir., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
8 Aug 1930
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus arcticus Willd.
Barcode:
03859995
USNM Number:
2314456
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3399b4371-671c-45c4-b831-3777150ea714
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15648260

Juncus supinus Moench

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
E. Taylor  Search this
Place:
Uxahoer, N. Iceland. Growing near boiling springs., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
31 Jul 1895
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus supinus Moench
Barcode:
03857450
USNM Number:
371039
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3550e824c-9cb9-405e-9ee7-4320cb285b3d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15645961

Juncus lampocarpus Ehrh.

Biogeographical Region:
10 - Northern Europe  Search this
Collector:
V. Romose  Search this
Place:
Islandicae. Kerlingarfjöll., Iceland, Europe
Collection Date:
Aug 1935
Taxonomy:
Plantae Monocotyledonae Juncales Juncaceae
Published Name:
Juncus lampocarpus Ehrh.
Barcode:
03865524
USNM Number:
2127287
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3ba3756a9-dac1-4615-bf96-089c3a35bb58
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_15643674

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