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Baker's Breakfast Cocoa Enamel Rack

Baker’s Breakfast Cocoa Enamel Cocoa Rack

Enamel rack found in the attic of the Coraopolis Train Station. Six small holes appear on the sign, which were likely where the racks were inserted to hold the cocoa on the rack.

The Baker Chocolate Company is the oldest producer of chocolate in the United States. The company was initially established when a physician named Dr. James Baker met John Hannon on the banks of the Neponset River. Irishman John Hannon was penniless but was a skilled chocolatier, a craft which he had learned in England. With the help of Baker, Hannon was able to set up a business where he produced “Hannon’s Best Chocolate” for 15 years. In 1779, Hannon went on a trip to the West Indies and never returned. His wife sold the company in 1780 to Dr. Baker who changed the name to Baker Chocolate Company. The chocolate was marketed with a guaranteed money-back policy if the customers were not one hundred percent satisfied with their purchase. The company was sold in 1896, following the death of Pierce, to the Forbes Syndicate. Postum Cereal Company, which subsequently changed its name to General Foods, bought Walter Baker & Company in 1927 and moved the production to Delaware in 1965. By 1995, the Walter Baker & Company was incorporated into Kraft Foods. The Baker's Chocolate brand now belongs to Mondelez International. (Wikipedia)