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.

Black and white photograph of Donaldson’s china department, Minneapolis, c.1924.

Donaldson’s China Department

Donaldson’s china department, Minneapolis, c.1924.

Black and white photograph of the interior, Donaldson’s, 1949. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Interior, Donaldson’s

Interior, Donaldson’s, 1949. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Black and white photograph of Christmas decorations, Donaldson’s, 1949. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Christmas Decorations, Donaldson’s

Christmas decorations, Donaldson’s, 1949. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Black and white photograph of Matthew J. Dunfray, president of L. S. Donaldson Company, 1940. Photograph by the Minneapolis Tribune.

Matthew J. Dunfray

Matthew J. Dunfray, president of L. S. Donaldson Company, 1940. Photograph by the Minneapolis Tribune.

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