Case 14 confectioners equipment catalogs with illustrations of tools and untensilsConfectioners' Equipment Catalogs


These catalogs show the American candy industry in its infancy. As the candy trade industrialized, and the scale of production increased, prices dropped significantly, making a new world of inexpensive confections available to the consumer.


Penny candy, sold mainly to children, was the mainstay of many candy stores' business, and merchants competed actively for the children's pennies. Candy was marketed to entertain as well as to gratify a sweet tooth and the presentation of even the cheapest sweets became more and more elaborate: these catalogs include molds for fruit drops in dozens of shapes. These were the simplest of confections: made from boiled and flavored sugar and cranked out by the hundreds on machines originally modeled after the printing press. The catalogs also show molds for "sugar toys," another entertaining confection made cheaply from simple boiled and flavored sugar.


candy toy machine

Thos. J. Andress & Co. Ornamental Confectioner's Tool Works: Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of Goods. 1876


fruit drop candy machines and candy mold patterns

Thomas Mills & Brother United States Confectioners' Tool Works, Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of Goods. 1886


three candy cutting devices

William Hart William Hart, Manufacturer of Bakers', Confectioners' and Hotel Utensils 1887


popcorn popper and crispette machine

Confectioners & Bakers Supply Co. Machinery: Tools and Utensils for Confectioners 190-


four candy machines

Thomas Mills & Bro. Confectioners' Tools Catalogue D 1907