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June 04, 2010

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Media Advisory, 10-25

New Exhibit on Food to Open at National Inventors Hall of Fame

Exhibit highlights 200 years of food inventions, innovations, and trademarks

 Grand opening of Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations
to be held June 8 from noon to 1 p.m.

 Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille will preside at the opening ceremony of this unique, new exhibit on Tuesday, June 8, from 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, Ohio, 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

What

Grand Opening of Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations

Who

USPTO Director David Kappos
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille

When

June 8, 2010 from noon to 1 p.m.       

Where

National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Madison Building
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, Va.
(Two blocks from the King Street Metrorail Station)

 

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