It got me thinking, when was JELLO invented? I've always guessed around 1909, but after doing some research found out it was invented in the late 1800's! By 1897 JELL-O could be found in Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange and Lemon flavors. Here is a great website about the history of different food items, including Jell-o, Campbell's Soup and Coca Cola.
Beginning in 1902, to raise awareness, Woodward's Genesee Pure Food Company placed advertisements in the Ladies' Home Journal proclaiming Jell-O to be "America's Most Famous Dessert." Jell-O remained a minor success until 1904. Starting in 1904, magazine ads featured the “Jell-O Girl”—Elizabeth King, age 4, daughter of an artist for the advertising agency. Starting that year, Jell-O recipe books with her likeness were distributed, at no cost, in large numbers.
|This illustration from 1915 shows the JELL-O Girl making JELL-O with some Kewpie friends.|
So, I perused my vintage magazines and found some neat old ads for JELL-O and for Royal Gelatin
|This one is from the 1933 McCalls|
|This one also from 1933 McCalls for Royal Gelatin|
|And this one is from the 1942 McCalls|
|Only two pages over in the 1942 McCalls is an advertisement for Royal Gelatin. (A competitor to JELL-O I'm guessing?)|
|Seasoned Tomato really? Ummm, I'm thinking Yuck! They discontinued this whole group. Gee, I can't for the life of me imagine why?|
According to Wikipeia, in 1964, the slogan "There's always room for Jell-O" was introduced, promoting the product as a "light dessert" that could easily be consumed even after a heavy meal.
Here is a vintage JELL-O Ad from You Tube. This is a favorite of Autumn's. It's from the early 1960's and a tad racist, (please don't be offended) but we think it's cute. (As always, remember to pause the playlist off to the right.)
So, we made our JELL-O, and midway through the setting up process she threw a few gummy bears in it. She insisted on having some before bed, so we had runny JELL-O for a bedtime snack. She said with a wrinkled up nose, "the gummy bears were a bit much." Next time we'll use the vintage JELL-O molds (hold the vegetables, please). Look out potlucks here we come!
Have a happy day!