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The Heinz Pickle Pin

  In addition to creating one of the world’s largest food companies, H.J. Heinz is remembered for his innovations in advertising and promotion. One of his smallest ideas became one of his most revolutionary: the pickle charm. The H.J. Heinz Company’s grand display at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. H.J. Heinz Company Photographs, Detre…

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

  The History Center Museum Shop has Pittsburgh-proud gifts for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season!   Shop online or stop by the Museum Shop daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – no admission required! Plus, History Center members enjoy 10% off purchases made online or in-store.  All purchases help support the work…

Heinz: Bottles and Product Labels and Advertising Cards

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Heinz mincemeat, catalog illustration, 1895. From the H.J. Heinz Company Records, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Bottles and…

Heinz Pier and the World’s Fairs

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Heinz pier, 1929. From the H.J. Heinz Company Photographs, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Heinz Pier When H.J.…

Heinz: First Products and an Innovative Factory

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Evaporated horseradish, catalog illustration, 1895. Heinz’s first product would have been grated horseradish, but by 1895 the company also offered evaporated…

Heinz: Mottoes and 57 Varieties

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Mottoes Heinz credited his mother for his strong faith and work ethic, and for his love of motivational proverbs and aphorisms…

Never a Dill Moment at the History Center

  Do you relish the idea of seeing many pickle artifacts in one place? Look no further than the Heinz History Center, home to 160-year-old pickles and the best place to get your very own Heinz pickle pin. Quit gherkin around and enjoy these pickle-related artifacts from our collection. Heinz Pickle Charm Bracelet Seeing only…

The Heinz Passover Ad Campain’t

Every spring, readers paging through the mid-century Pittsburgh Jewish press could expect to see an advertisement different from all other advertisements: The Jewish Criterion, April 16, 1954, p. 18. Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project. This statement from the H.J. Heinz Company stands in striking contrast to the advertisements typically run in the Jewish Criterion. Its visual…

What’s for Dinner?

“What’s for dinner?” is the eternal lament of housewives and working people. What do you make that pleases every palate, provides needed nutrition, and, ideally, gives you leftovers to get through one more meal? Cookbooks to the rescue. Whether handwritten collections of family favorites or printed volumes, cookbooks are a time honored method for passing…

Food Fights for Freedom

A Guide to Wartime Cooking. Gift of the Heinz Company. World War II brought a host of struggles to those serving on the home front. One that confronted housewives every day was to provide wholesome, nutritious meals for the family while facing an ever increasing list of rationed foods. As men joined the military service,…