[Sample page from Brandle & Smith Co. candy catalog]

Schadde Brothersc. 1915

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, United States

As these eye-catching photographs illustrate, the history of photography and marketing are intertwined; both became a feature of daily life in the early 20th century. The Brandle & Smith Co. of Philadelphia manufactured an assortment of hard candies in a variety of shapes and flavors and utilized photography to market its wares. Salesmen peddled these bulk candies to local retailers across the country, carrying a catalogue listing the company’s full product line and featuring photographs as appealing and colorful as the candies. Each delectable sweet was carefully colored to tempt the eye. Brandle & Smith Co. specialized in candies with a distinctive satin finish, a characteristic conveyed by the bold colors and white highlights carefully painted onto the surface of the photos.


  • Title: [Sample page from Brandle & Smith Co. candy catalog]
  • Creator: Schadde Brothers
  • Creator Lifespan: active 1890s - 1910s
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Date: c. 1915
  • Physical Dimensions: w28.6 x h23.5 cm (image/sheet)
  • Type: Photographs
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print with applied color
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern, Judy Nyquist, and W. Burt Nelson in honor of Clinton T. Willour

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