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Alameda in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Skippy Peanut Butter

Site of the Former Rosefield Packing Company

 
 
Skippy Peanut Butter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 21, 2020
1. Skippy Peanut Butter Marker
Inscription.  
Incorporated on August 24, 1926

Joseph L. Rosefield was the inventor of hydrogenated peanut butter. Before this process was developed, peanut butter would separate and quickly spoil. Mr. Rosefield received a patent for his process in 1923 and three more patents as he improved the process over the next seven years. Under Mr. Rosefield's guidance, his packing company in Alameda became the largest peanut butter manufacturer in the nation with up to 90 employees working three eight hour shifts, seven days per week. The product was sold under the name "Skippy Peanut Butter." Tours of the facility were enjoyed by generations of Alameda school children. The Alameda plant closed in 1974. The Skippy brand continues to be popular today.
 
Erected by Browman Development Company, Inc., Housing Authority of the City of Alameda.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 46.734′ N, 122° 16.588′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Webster

Skippy Peanut Butter Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 21, 2020
2. Skippy Peanut Butter Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here mounted to a low stone monument right next to the sidewalk.
Street north of Eagle Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1916 Webster Street, Alameda CA 94501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Transcontinental Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); 930 Pacific Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Jean Sweeney - Alameda's "Little Engine That Could" (approx. 0.6 miles away); History of the Alameda Belt Line (approx. 0.6 miles away); U.S. Maritime Officers Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jack London (approx. one mile away); Heinolds’ First and Last Chance Saloon (approx. one mile away); Jack London’s Cabin (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alameda.
 
Also see . . .
1. Joseph L. Rosefield (Wikipedia). "Joseph Louis Rosefield (18 Dec 1882 - 8 Nov 1958) was a California food businessman who invented modern, nonseparating peanut butter in 1922 – 1923. His family business, the Rosefield Packing Company, was based in Alameda. His new production process was licensed to another company to make Peter Pan peanut butter in 1923. Rosefield Packing later marketed Skippy peanut butter in 1932; both brands are still sold today. It also introduced cylindrical "wide-mouth" jars for peanut butter in 1935. Peanut butter then became a vast food industry. Among other roles, Rosefield Packing provided emergency
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supplies of peanut butter to Hawaii during World War II. Rosefield's family sold Rosefield Packing and the Skippy brand to Best Foods in 1955." (Submitted on December 21, 2020.) 

2. History of Skippy (Skippy Peanut Butter, web.archive.org). (Submitted on December 21, 2020.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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