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H.J. Heinz Company, Photographs, 1864-1991, MSP #0057
Library & Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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The H.J. Heinz Company online collection contains 236 images from 1870 to 1972 documenting the history of the food processing company, including product images and factory floor views, plant interiors from the 1950s, and a portrait of H.J. Heinz II. Images were selected that focus on the company's employees, food processing facilities, and their contributions to improved working conditions, food safety, and quality control procedures in the local food industry.

What’s in the entire collection

The collection, held by the Library & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, comprises more than ten thousand images taken between 1864 and 1991 that depict work in the Heinz factory in Pittsburgh, finished products, equipment, buildings, advertising examples, employees, salesmen, and executives. Very few of the photographs document the earliest period of the Heinz Company between 1876 and 1900 or the most recent period of the company between 1975 and the present.

About the H.J. Heinz Company

Henry John Heinz began selling horseradish from a horse drawn cart in 1869. Heinz emphasized the purity of his product and chose to use clear, colorless bottles and jars so customers could see for themselves exactly what they were buying. He went to great lengths to maintain clean conditions in his factories for employees, practicing a paternalistic approach to management and employer-employee relations, demonstrated by the auditorium, roof garden, dining rooms, and a library he constructed for the benefit of his employees.

The Heinz Company expanded dramatically in 1890 with the construction of its factory in Allegheny City (now a part of Pittsburgh known as the North Side). After the founder's death in 1919, his son, Howard Heinz, took over the company; he was succeed by his son, H. J. "Jack" Heinz II, in 1941. When Jack Heinz died in 1987, the first non-family member, Anthony O'Reilly, became president and CEO. Over the years, the Heinz Company has marketed minced meat, pickles, vinegar, and tomato ketchup, and is now a multi-billion dollar international food processing company.

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