Bosco Tin Can Coin Bank, circa 1930

Summary

Despite critics' warnings about tooth decay, acne, and weight gain, chocolate drinks began to be promoted as a nutritional health food for children during the 1920s. Bosco, a chocolate syrup introduced 1928, was advertised as a good way to get children to drink more milk. This bank might have been a promotional giveaway.

Despite critics' warnings about tooth decay, acne, and weight gain, chocolate drinks began to be promoted as a nutritional health food for children during the 1920s. Bosco, a chocolate syrup introduced 1928, was advertised as a good way to get children to drink more milk. This bank might have been a promotional giveaway.

Artifact

Bank (Container)

Date Made

circa 1930

Creators

Bosco Products, Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2008.32.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Tin (metal)

Technique

Lithography
Printing (Process)

Color

Blue
Brown
Red
Yellow

Inscriptions

on top of can: SAVE MONEY / GROW HEALTHY AND STRONG WITH / BOSCO / IN MILK / DELICIOUS / CHOCOLATE MALT FLAVOR in illustration on side, in word balloon of standing woman: MY ANN DRINKS MORE MILK / WHEN I PUT BOSCO IN IT. SHE / HAS GAINED A POUND EVERY / WEEK AND IS THE PICTURE / OF HEALTH. in ilustration on side, in word balloon of seated woman: GOOD IDEA! I'LL SEND BILL / FOR A JAR. HE'S A LITTLE / PALE AND UNDERWEIGHT. in illustration on side, in word balloon of running boy: OOH-HOO, ANN! / MOTHER SAID I / SHOULD BUY SOME / BOSCO. on illustration on side, in word balloon of girl holding doll: O'BOY, I'LL / LOVE IT. IT MAKES / A REAL CHOCOLATE / MALT MILK. in illustration on side, in word balloon of girl pushing wagon: I LIKE IT / BEST COLD. in illustration on side, in word balloon of boy pulling wagon: I'M GOING TO / TRY MINE HOT. in small print along lower edge: A.C.CO.17A

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