Henry J. Heinz had a rough beginning to his food empire. Heinz Noble & Company was established in 1869 with Henry packing foodstuffs and making horseradish, but that company went bankrupt in 1875. The next year Henry enlisted the help of his brother (John) and his cousin (Frederick) to establish F & J Heinz, restructured to H. J. Heinz Company in 1888.
The Chicago World's Fair in 1893 was a big turning point for Heinz. Not only was his products well-received, but Heinz passed out little gherkin charms with his name on them as pins - "pickle pins" they were called (last pic). Partially because of the connection to good luck, partially because it was so adorable, the pickle made such a splash, it remained part of the company's logo until 2009.
During the late 1800s, the company newsletter was named "Pickles." To this day, Heinz receives as many as 15,000 requests for pickle pins.
This porcelain sign shows a bit of its own history. It comes from the early part of the 1900s. Porcelain signs didn't really come into the United States until after 1890, and wasn't seen regularly until the 1910s. This places this sign right in that era.
It measures 48" in diameter.
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