Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

Bensdorp's First Cocoamill in 1836


The front side of the card shows a color illustration of a young woman, dressed in a bonnet, yellow blouse and long blue skirt, with her hands on her hips on the bank of a body of water with a windmill, several boats and a couple of buildings in the distance. The first letter of every word in Bensdorp's Royal Dutch Cocoa is decorated with elaborate decoration. On the bottom of the front is written, "Bensdorp's First Cocoamill in 1836." The back of the card has brown ink with the some titles in red ink. At the top of the back is an illustrated hand pointing to the statement, "No. 1, This is one of a set of 24 different cards." This is followed by the company name in red and then a promo, including a recipe for Amsterdam pudding in brown ink, followed by importer information again in red. The card concludes with, "Try this Cocoa for cooking in place of cake chocolate."

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Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Bensdorp's Royal Dutch Cocoa

Publisher: Bensdorp's Royal Dutch Cocoa (Amsterdam, Holland)

1885 (ca.)

13.3 x 8.6 cm

Trade Cards

Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: Bensdorp's First Cocoamill in 1836 . The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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