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Aunt Jemima

(19th & 20th century)

Chris L. Rutt and Charles G. Underwood purchased the Pearl Milling Company in 1889, and came up with the novel idea of creating a ready-mixed pancake flour. Rutt named it for a catchy tune called 'Aunt Jemima' which he had recently heard in a vaudeville show. Rutt and Underwood went broke in 1890, and sold the formula for Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix to the R.T. Davis Milling Company. Davis looked for a woman to represent the product, and hired an African American woman named Nancy Green from Chicago, Illinois.

At the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago, Davis made an all-out effort to promote the new pancake mix, and built the world's largest flour barrel. 'Aunt Jemima' (Nancy Green) demonstrated how to use the new mix, and the exhibit was so popular, police had to control the crowds at the Aunt Jemima booth.  Nancy Green was awarded a medal and proclaimed 'Pancake Queen' by the Fair officials. Soon signed to a lifetime contract by Davis, Green was a hit all across the country, as she toured demonstrating the new Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, and by 1910 it was available nationally.  She played the part of Aunt Jemima until her death on September 24, 1923 (she died in a car accident).

Aunt Jemima Mills were purchased in 1925 by the Quaker Oats Company of Chicago.

 

 

WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD OF FOOD

Who's Who: 'A'       Acton, Eliza       Adams, Thomas       Agatston, Arthur, MD       Albert, Bridget       Alexander, Devin       Anderson, Dr. Alexander P.       Anderson, Walter A.       Andrés, José       Apicius       Appert, Nicolas       Archestratus       Armour, Philip Danforth       Aronoff, Eve       Arnold, Sam       Ashton, Jon       Asselbergs, Dr. Edward Anton       Astor IV, John Jacob       Astor, William Walforf       Athenaeus      Aunt Jemima       Avery, James       Avice, Jean

 

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