Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

Dortrechtsche Waterpoort in 1594


The top of the card is dominated by the color illustration of a building, with two figures talking in the front. The bottom of the card shows a woman carrying water in a large bucket on her right hip. A band separates the two pictures with "Bensdorp's Royal Dutch Cocoa" written in brown over a pink pebble texture. The first letter of each word is decorated elaborately. The title of the card is found across the bottom. On the back of the card a finger points to, "No. 16. 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

Key term: Chocolate

Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: Dortrechtsche Waterpoort in 1594 . The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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