|Title||Davis O.K. Baking Powder Cookbook, published by R.B. Davis Co., 90 & 92 West Broadway, N.Y. N.d., ca. 1895-1905.|
|Collection||Hoboken Manufactured Products Collection|
|Credit||Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.|
|Scope & Content||
Cook Book, Useful Information and Interesting Data. Published by the R.B. Davis Company, 90 & 92 West Broadway, N.Y. No date, circa late 1895-1905 (see notes for discussion of dating.)
Booklet, 4-1/2" wide x 6-3/4" high, 64 pp. plus color lithographed cover (credited to Rode & Brand, Lithographers, 200 William St., N.Y.)
Cover title: Davis' O.K. Cook Book. Useful Information and Budget of Fun.
The company's factory (offices were in New York City at this time) was in Hoboken as depicted inside front cover: an artist's bird's-eye view of the company's factory at Ferry, Jackson and Harrison Streets in Hoboken. Curiously it gives the street names, but not the city. It is a fantasy view looking southwest with most other buildings not shown, but it does acknowledge its proximity to the railroad lines. Text below image states: Daily Capacity 15 Tons. A slightly later version, archives 2010.007.0160, states "20 Tons."
Front cover depicts a can of O.K. Baking Powder and the back cover, a box of Davis' High Grade Corn Starch. The Baking Powder can uses the 90 West Broadway address and the Corn Starch box uses 90 & 92 Broadway address.
See archives 2010.007.0160 for another copy of this cookbook with a different cover and dated about 1910.
Pages 4-5 discusses the "Baking Powder Trust" (which was incorporated in New Jersey, March 1, 1899, although references have been found to such a name from 1895) and brands sold by it. Davis argues that their product is superior and costs less than the trust; emphasizing that they have no "Potash Salt" (cream of tartar and soda) in their product while their competitors do have it.
Page 32 has a facsimile of letter endorsing the baking powder by Professor Robert Odgen Doremus, Belleview Hospital Medical College. Doremus died in 1906.
While somewhat useful in dating the item, neither are definitive.
|Year Range from||1895.0|
|Year Range to||1905.0|
Davis Baking Powder Company
R.B. Davis Company