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Object Name Tin
Date 1940-1950
Description Polychrome candy tin, "JAW TEASERS / BUBBLE GUM 1 C"
(Keywords: Twentieth Century, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Erika Sehlmeyer Harper
Ownership and History This candy tin was used at Sehlmeyer's General Store on Arthur Kill Road in Rossville, Staten Island, in the 1940s. The store was owned by brothers Adolf, August, and Henry Sehlmeyer, who came to the U.S. from Germany in the early 1900s. The store sold groceries, deli items, patent medicine, household goods, feed, nails and hardware, kerosene, vegetable seeds, and paint. Adolf also made rounds of his customers' homes to receive daily orders, delivering them in his Model T truck. The store closed in 1957.

The manufacturer, Gum Products, Inc., was founded in 1940 in East Boston, Massachusetts by Wellington M. Cramer, Jr., a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Earliest Date 1940
Latest Date 1950
Subjects General stores
Grocery stores
Lexicon Sub-category Merchandising T&E
Associated People Sehlmeyer, Adolf
Catalog Number 90.018.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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