Vintage 1970's Whitman's Sampler Chocolate Tin Featuring Embroidery Sampler by Dorrit Gutterson
The first Whitman's Sampler package was introduced in 1912. Since that year over 230 million Sampler packages have been sold throughout the world. There is no other single box of chocolates so well-known and loved by consumers. (from Whitman's 1970's Sampler marketing campaign)
Made in England in the 1970's for the iconic Philadelphia-based chocolate company, this collectible Whitman's Sampler chocolate tin was one of two designs made especially for the bicentennial. It features imagery of a real-life sampler made by Dorrit Gutterson in the 1970s and is based on a design from a 1912 Whitman’s chocolate box.
From the very beginning back in 1842, Whitman’s has always been known for their pretty packaging, but this one especially is full of springtime cheer. Featuring fruit baskets, flowers, a menagerie of animals, a tall ship, trees and stylized borders it is a work of art in and of itself. Immediately popular with consumers, Dorrit's needlework designs were loved so much that Whitman’s sent her on tour around the country so that she could proudly show off her sampler and explain her stitch work to needlepoint enthusiasts.
That led to a lot of autograph signing too - not on paper but on chocolate tins instead. Dorrit said it was one of the most thrilling experiences of her life - meeting all sorts of people and traveling to all sorts of places. Because of that, this box is not only a handy storage/organizing container but also a symbol of one woman's passion for needlepoint.
- Hinged lid
- Colors include mustard, evergreen, orange, bubble gum pink, yellow, red teal, brown, mint green, black and lavender
In beautiful vintage condition. No dents or scratches on the exterior. The interior of the tin contains scratches on the bottom and the base and some minor rust marks around the interior rim. Lid opens and closes easily and fits securely on the base.
Measures 8.5" inches (length) x 5.75" inches (width) x 2" inches (height) and weighs 8 oz.