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Nancy Green, the first ‘Aunt Jemima’

Nancy Green was a middle-aged woman living on the South Side of Chicago, working a cook and housekeeper for a prominent judge. After a series of auditions, she was hired to cook and serve the new pancake recipe at the World’s Fair. Part of her act was to tell stories from her own early slave life along with plantation tales about Aunt Jemima’s New Orleans childhood written for her by a white southern sales representative.


We called ourselves barn massagers, walldogs or barn lizards

You may not be familiar with the Bloch Brothers of Wheeling, WV, but it’s a fairly sure bet that at some point in your life you’ve encountered a roadside barn painted with the large sign “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco  – Treat Yourself to the Best.” Aaron and Samuel Bloch’s barn-painting advertising, begun in the 1890s, […]


Too young to care

A.S. Hinds Company of Portland, ME distributed its Honey and Almond cream nationally from 1890 till 1930. This 1928 ad, from Ladies Home Journal, reads in part: “Chapped, bleeding knuckles, roughened cheeks, cracked lips – protect your children from them. For chapping damages the delicate texture of children’s skins. But you can prevent this happening […]

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