Manufacturer: Mayer China
User: Van Camp's
Date of examples: Circa 1920s – 1930s
Notes: The Van Camp's company started as a grocery store operation in 1861 in the Indianapolis, Indiana area by Gilbert and Hester Van Camp. Their son Frank refined the recipe to include tomatoes and sold this product to Union troops during the Civil War. Van Camp also built the first cold storage warehouse. They became very innovative with the canning of fruits and vegetables and by 1909 were the dominant vendor of pork and beans.
In 1933, the company was purchased by James and John Stokely who operated the Stokely canned tomato company in Newport, Tennessee. The new company was called Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. In 1983, the company was purchased by the Quaker Oats Company and in 1995, ConAgra acquired the brand name of Van Camp's which is still in use today.
White body, light and dark blue stripes, Van Camp's in dark blue.
ID and photos contributed by Patrick Carie