Saturday, October 4, 2008
Another found object in the old warehouse, A vintage Baker-zied, Barrington Hall Steel Cut Coffee tin It took a little persuading to get the top of the tin off, but when we did we were excited to see that the tin had never actually been opened. The tin sounds hollow, but the seal is clearly untouched. Maybe it was a tin that was missed in the production line...who knows. A search of this item on eBay was a bit surprising. I found the exact tin with the bidding starting at $50.00 US dollars.
More on-line searching found that Baker-ized Barrington Hall coffee was a successful, early 1900s coffee company. During WWII the US government took over the company and converted productions to K-rations for the Allied troops. I was also able to dig up this 1918 Barrington Hall Baker-ized Coffee Ad with a WWI theme.
A search for info on the Good Housekeeping Bureau of Foods, Sanitation and Health conducted in 1914 tested and approved tab provided interesting FDA history. Mainly the large influence Harvey W. Wiley had with early food advocates back in the day.....
In the 1880s, when Wiley began his 50-year crusade for pure foods, America's marketplace was flooded with poor, often harmful products. With almost no government controls, unscrupulous manufacturers tampered with products, substituting cheap ingredients for those represented on labels: Honey was diluted with glucose syrup; olive oil was made with cottonseed; and "soothing syrups" given to babies were laced with morphine. The country was ready for reform … and for Wiley
All through the 1880s and 1890s, pure-food bills were introduced into Congress--largely through his work--and all were killed. Powerful lobbies had established themselves. To bring his cause to the public, and with a budget of $5,000, Wiley organized in 1902 a volunteer group of healthy young men, called the Poison Squad, who tested the effects of chemicals and adulterated foods on themselves. Women banded together, notably in the Federated Women's Clubs, for political clout. Major canners became supporters of the legislation and voluntarily abandoned the use of questionable chemicals. Finally, the battle was won on June 30, 1906, when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drugs Act, largely written by Wiley, who was then appointed to oversee its administration
There is history in everything, as long as you are willing to take the time to find it...
BarringtonHall Info found: Barrington Hall - Roswell
FDA history and Harvey W. Wiley info found: Harvey W. Wiley: Pioneer Consumer Activist