King and Hamblen Labels
Pickles and sauces, packed in bottles, became very popular processed foods after the Civil War. Pictured here are labels for William King and Company’s Superior Pickles and J. B. Hamblen and Company’s Wallnut Ketchup, both manufactured in Boston.
The graphic for Superior Pickles features two cucumbers still on the vine, indicating the bottle’s main ingredient. Hamblen’s label depicts a pile of seafood, probably a reference to the fact that walnut ketchup often contained anchovies and could be used as a flavoring for fish sauce.
Wm. King & Co. (Boston), detail and partial sheet. Superior Pickles, c. 1856–1860. Chromolithographed food label, image size: (4 1/8 x 1 ¼ in) sheet size: (22 1/8 x 14 in). Printed by Prang and Mayer, Boston.
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