Mr. Peanut, Tappan Honored at USPTO

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille will preside at the opening ceremony of a new exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday, June 8, from 12 Noon to 1 p.m.  This is the first major exhibit installation to come to the Hall since it was relocated to Alexandria from Akron, OH in March 2009.

Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations highlights how our breakfast cereals, sandwiches, dinner entrees, and more have been transformed by significant events, discoveries and inventions.  It features the important role many of the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees have played in the array of appetizing innovations that have made the food we eat safer, healthier and more economical.

Visuals include:

  • A full-size Mr. Peanut character costume from the 1960s, used for Planters marketing, and additional Mr. Peanut artifacts
  • A 1950s fully stocked walk-in kitchen
  • 19th century patent models, including models of a refrigerator, an egg beater, a flour sifter, and the original Mason jar
  • Displays of other well-known trademark food characters, such as the Pillsbury Doughboy and the Green Giant
  • A Tappan vintage microwave from 1955, the first for home use
  • A 19th century patented beehive

The museum is the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria.

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