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Featured Framing Project: Texas, Arbuckle

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What better way to honor the Lone Star State than with a star frame!

Pittsburgh grocers, John and Charles Arbuckle patented a method for roasting coffee involving coating beans with a glaze of egg and sugar to seal in the flavor. They marked their popular product under the name "Arbuckles' Ariosa coffee." The one-pound airtight packages became a standard on cattle drives. The coffee was freighted to ranches in wooden crates containing one hundred packages. Each grate included an assortment of coupons redeemable for notions that varied from straight razors to cowboy wedding rings. Also included were peppermint candy and collectible trading cards with maps of US States and the Nations of the World.

The Arbuckle brothers founded the Donaldson Brothers firm which produced the chromolithograph trading cards. They developed a machine to weight, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing a series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and one of the most popular, maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations describing the population, industry, scenery and other details of the region depicted. These cards are a delight, containing informative maps as well as wonderful background scenes.

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