H.J. Heinz Company Photographs

What's online?

The H.J. Heinz Company online collection contains images from 1870 to 1972 documenting the history of the food processing company.  The images depict products, factories, safety and quality control procedures, equipment, food distribution systems, and the Heinz family.

What’s in the entire collection?

The collection, held by Detre Library & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, comprises more than ten thousand images taken between 1864 and 2001.  The images depict that depict Heinz factories, finished products, equipment, buildings, advertising examples, employees, salesmen, and executives.

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 succeeded 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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