Popcorn Wagon, 1914

Summary

Charles Cretors helped popularize a classic American snack when he operated a popcorn wagon at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. His company built this horse-drawn popcorn wagon in 1914. It features a popcorn popper and a Tosty Rosty peanut roaster "hand cranked" by a mechanical clown figurine. The appliances were powered by a small steam engine.

Charles Cretors helped popularize a classic American snack when he operated a popcorn wagon at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. His company built this horse-drawn popcorn wagon in 1914. It features a popcorn popper and a Tosty Rosty peanut roaster "hand cranked" by a mechanical clown figurine. The appliances were powered by a small steam engine.

Artifact

Popcorn wagon

Date Made

1914

Creators

C. Cretors & Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Made by C. Cretors & Company, Chicago, IL

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Carousel

Object ID

2004.39.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Donald and Shirley Cottrell and Family.

Material

Fiberglass
Glass (Material)
Metal
Paint (Coating)
Wood (Plant Material)

Color

Black (Color)
Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 110 in

Width: 46 in

Length: 152 in

Wheelbase: 58 in

Inscriptions

lettering on front top window: FRESH POP CORN & PEANUTS lettering on proper right top windows: PURE FOOD PEANUTS / BUTTERED CORN printed on signs on proper right: FRESH ROASTED PEANUTS / SALTED PEANUTS / FRESH BUTTERED POPCORN 5¢ lettering on proper left top windows: PEANUTS / SEASONED POPCORN

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