Happy Halloween & Safe Trick-or-Treating!
The FDA created a simple display in 1933 to illustrate problems with the current food and drug laws. The exhibit generated a buzz in the media. These photos from the show demonstrate the way that consumers could be fooled or endangered by certain products.
Operation “Little Vittles”
In July 1948 Berlin Airlift pilot Gail Halvorsen began handing out and later dropping candy via handkerchief parachutes to the children who had gathered to watch at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport. With the approval of superiors and the support of confectionery companies, “Operation Little Vittles” was born and “Candy Bombers” and “Raisin Bombers” began dropping care packages to the children of Berlin.
Is your office overflowing with leftover candy today? We’ve got candy in the Archives too - but it’s an archival record, not a treat:
In 1962 two candy companies in Chicago copied Brach’s distinct toffee labels, but not their sweets. Customers were confused and complained to Brach’s about an inferior product. E.J. Brach & Sons brought the matter to the courts. After examining the case including the products (pictured), the U.S. District Court in Chicago ordered Peanut Speciality and Close & Company, Incorporated to stop manufacturing their imitations. The candies used as exhibits in the case survived and are currently kept in a mylar sleeve with the case.
Located in RG 21, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, case 62C1069, “E.J. Brach & Sons, a corporation v. Peanut Specialty Company, a corporation and Close & Company, Incorporated, a corporation.”
Some lighter fare for December 7 - it’s National Cotton Candy Day!