Collection ID: M.76

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1920-2008 and undated
Abstract:
Reymond Baking Company was founded and operated in Waterbury by brothers Albert and Adolph Reymond and operated from 1910 through the 1980s through it's unclear when production stopped. The Reymond Baking Company Records include company advertisements and photographs of building additions, company storefronts, employees, and materials relating to Sunbeam bread. The collection also contains Miss Sunbeam advertisements and ephemera, including nail files, pin cushions, and handheld games. Interesting to note is a Little Miss Sunbeam costume.
Extent:
1.42 Linear Feet and 1 manuscript box, 1 oversized newspaper box, 3 map drawer folders
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Reymond Baking Company Records contains advertisements and ephemera from around 1950. The collection is arranged alphabetically and then in chronological order.

The collection contains many photographs, including photographs of the employees, of the building additions, pictures of the factory, and storefronts throughout Connecticut that sold their product. There is a brief company history, detailing the company's long history of unionization, as well as history on the founder of the company, Adolph Reymond.

Interesting to note in the collection is a "Little Miss Sunbeam" costume as well as numerous "Little Miss Sunbeam" ephemera, including a nail file, pin cushion, and handheld games.

Biographical / Historical:

Adolph Reymond was born in Switzerland and at the age of 20 immigrated to Waterbury, Ct. Upon arriving to Waterbury, Adolph got a job for the Waterbury Clock Company. Two years later, Adolph had earned enough money to send for his mother and younger brother, Albert, who got a job as at baker at Schneider's bakery in Waterbury. Adolph did not like the work in the clock company and longed for work outside. This prompted him to find a job as a salesman on a horse-drawn bakery wagon, where he worked for seven and a half years.

Reymond's Baking Company was founded in 1910 by Adolph and his brother Albert. At the beginning the only employees of the company were the Reymond brothers. The two worked 18-hour days, with Albert baking the bread in a single oven that produced 150 loaves a day and Adolph delivering the bread with a horse drawn wagon. After two years the Reymond Baking Company expanded from the brother duo to a much larger facility with a small staff, every two to three years after that the company expanded its building and staff, totaling 8 expansions over 24 years. The bakery became well known in Waterbury for being one of the first companies to claim the invention of sliced bread, the first to wrap bread, and the first to protect flour from contamination.

By 1947 the company was producing over 25,000 loaves daily and had a fleet of automobiles that delivered their bread to over 2,000 grocers all over Connecticut. It was during this year that the company adopted Little Miss Sunbeam. Reymond's Baking Company acquired this product by joining the Quality Bakers of America Cooperative. This company marketed Sunbeam Bread and in order to reach a broader audience with their product allowed its members to use their recipe to recreate the recipe under their own name, hence the name Reymond's Sunbeam bread. Little Miss Sunbeam and Sunbeam Bread became a trademark of The Reymond Baking Company, the company often held Little Miss Sunbeam Look-a-like contests and became known for this type of batter-whipped bread. The company no longer produces bread; it is unclear when production stopped.

Custodial history:

The collection was largely donated by Dorothy Reymond in the early 2000s.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
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