Mrs Steven's Chicago Home Made Candies, Tin.

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Mrs Steven's Chicago Home Made Candies, Tin. 

 

Julia C. Krafft, 98, the founder of Steven Candy Kitchens Inc., was a farm wife in 1921 when she started the very successful, nationwide firm that manufactured and distributed her Mrs Steven's Candies. 

Mrs Steven's Candies proved a very popular item in Chicago for several generations. Her three-pound box that sold for a dollar made it possible during the Depression for people with marginal incomes to purchase a quality box of chocolates. Her candy eventually sold through 22 retail stores and 800 outlets across the country.
Mrs Krafft was born on a farm near Wayne, growing up in a log cabin there. After grammar school, she attended Ellis Business College in Elgin. After working for a while as an office manager at a threadwork in Elgin, she married Leslie Steven and lived on a farm. They were later divorced, but she kept the name for her candy.
Looking for a second income to help out, she followed a friend's advice and started making fudge. She found an outlet, a drugstore in the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad station and began selling as much candy as she could make.
She left the farm, and with $1,000 in capital set up her business in Chicago, selling candy out of a drugstore in the Chicago & North Western station. Her business and cooking abilities came together in the company that continued to expand until she sold the company in 1956.
In addition to the Honey Bear Farm, Mrs Krafft also owned and developed three other farms and the Little Traveler Shop in Geneva. It featured antique and gourmet shops as well as a tearoom.

Item Code - TIN6A1842MC

Width: 8 1/2"  Height: 2 1/4"  Depth: 8 1/2"  Weight: 293 g


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