Swift’s oleomargarine newspaper advertisement

Newspaper advertisement for Swift & Company, a national meatpacker and margarine producer with operations in St. Paul.

Receipt for illegal margarine seized from a St. Paul grocer, November 8, 1916. From the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878-1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

Receipt for illegal margarine

Receipt for illegal margarine seized from a St. Paul grocer, November 8, 1916. Image is from the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878-1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

Cover of a brochure published by Swift & Company, a national meatpacker and margarine producer with operations in St. Paul. From the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878-1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

Swift’s Jersey Butterine

Cover of a brochure published by Swift & Company, a national meatpacker and margarine producer with operations in St. Paul. Image is from the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878-1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

Cover of a brochure published by Swift & Company, a national meatpacker and margarine producer with operations in St. Paul. Image is from the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878–1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

Profit in Butterine

Cover of a brochure published by Swift & Company, a national meatpacker and margarine producer with operations in St. Paul. Image is from the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878–1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

Cover of a brochure published by Swift & Company, a national meatpacker and margarine producer with operations in St. Paul. Image is from the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878–1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

8 Different Ways You Can Save Money by Using Swift’s Premium Butterine

Cover of a brochure published by Swift & Company, a national meatpacker and margarine producer with operations in St. Paul. Image is from the Davis, Kellogg & Severance Law Firm Records, 1878–1941, Minnesota Historical Society.

Minnesota’s Margarine Battles, 1885–1975

During the late 1800s, dairy farmers in Minnesota and other states faced what they considered a serious and immediate threat to their livelihoods: the growing popularity of a butter substitute called oleomargarine. For nearly a century, the dairy industry and its legislative allies waged a series of campaigns to prohibit or limit the manufacture and sale of margarine. No state retained its anti-margarine laws longer than Minnesota.

Black and white photograph of a Donaldson’s store at a suburban location, 1966.

Donaldson's store, suburban location

Donaldson’s store at a suburban location, 1966.

Black and white photograph of Donaldson’s Southdale Mall location, 1964.

Donaldson's, Southdale Center, Edina

Donaldson’s Southdale Mall location, 1964.

Black and white photograph of a switchboard at L. S. Donaldson Company, 1951. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Switchboard at L. S. Donaldson Company

Switchboard at L. S. Donaldson Company, 1951. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Black and white photograph of a window display of dresses, Donaldson’s, 1950. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Window Display of Dresses, Donaldson’s

Window display of dresses, Donaldson’s, 1950. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

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