Note: This object includes a cultural stereotype. Such representations are not condoned by Museums Victoria which considers them to be racist. Historical distance and context does not excuse or erase this fact.

Bottle of Turban brand essence of chicory and coffee manufactured by Kornies Food Co, circa 1940s. It is part of a group of objects and documents from the Lennon Trust, relating to Hugh Lennon, manufacturer of ploughs and agricultural implements in North Melbourne and Spotswood.

Kornies Food Co. appears to have operated from Carlton from the 1920s to 1940s while the Turban brand of coffee and chicory essence appears to have been produced through the 1930s and 1940s with bottles very similar to this item appearing in advertisements in the Argus in 1945. The promotion of the Turban brand is particularly strong in the 1940s with Kornie Foods producing a picture book based on the character in 1946: 'Turban Tim says win big prizes with this Kornies painting book'.

Physical Description

Lond rectangular shaped bottle with red and blue label featuring a man in a turban in highly decorated clothing on the front. The side of the bottle features a label with a desert oaisis scene including men on camels.

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