1921 Jell-O Advertisement

Jell-o Advertisement
Source: American Cookery (Aug./Sept., 1921)

Sometimes I learn new things from hundred-year-old ads. Who would have guessed that I’ve been making dyspepsia–producing pies that make people ill? šŸ™‚

17 thoughts on “1921 Jell-O Advertisement

  1. Dessert: “…making compounds to make people ill”.
    Jello: “animal collagen, made from the hides and bones of certain animals, boiled, dried, treated with a strong acid or base, and filtered to extract the collagen…containing artificial food coloring, high in calories and sugar (4.5 teaspoons in one serving!) per serving”

    I will take pie, please. šŸ™‚

    1. The forefather of jello was actually trying to make powdered glue for better packaging ā€¦ discovered powdered gelatine.

      1. But back in those days they actually used real dehydrated fruit powders. It would probably taste amazing. Nothing like hospital lime

  2. I love love love this ad. It really captures the times with the great new Jello sensation. I love the drawing and the photo. I’m never a fan of assuming women are in the kitchen, but that goes with the times, too. Your post inspired me to look up the history of Jello, Sheryl, and I found it interesting. The little girl on the box (in the ad) is “the Jell-O Girl” from 1904, the daughter of the artist. Wonderful post.

  3. I laughed aloud, because I often make pies for special occasions. What would the writer of that ad think about the way we now castigate foods with empty calories and food coloring???

  4. Well, that explains the stomach ache I get after eating pumpkin pie. Or rather whipped cream with a little pumpkin pie under it, lol.

  5. I bet a fresh strawberry pie made with jello could be classed as dyspepsia.šŸ˜‹šŸ˜ love the ad though .. Iā€™m still grinning.šŸ˜

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