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1889
Chris Rutt and Charles Underwood of the Pearl Milling Company develop Aunt Jemima®, the world's first ready mix.

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1890
R.T. Davis purchases the Aunt Jemima® Manufacturing Company. Aunt Jemima was first brought to life by Nancy Green, a storyteller, cook and missionary worker.

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1893
The world meets Aunt Jemima and her pancakes at the World's Fair in Chicago, IL.

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1926
The Quaker® Oats Company purchases the Aunt Jemima® Mills Company.

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1933
Anna Robinson, portrays Aunt Jemima at the second Chicago World’s Fair. She travels the country promoting Aunt Jemima® and is able to make enough money to provide for her children and buy a 22-room house where she rents rooms to boarders.

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1937
Quaker's first registration of the Aunt Jemima® trademark occurs in April.

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1955
From the mid 1950's to the late 1960's, actress Aylene Lewis portrayed Aunt Jemima at the Aunt Jemima restaurant in the newly opened Disneyland®. There she serves pancakes and poses for photos with guests.

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1957
The Quaker® Oats Company introduces Aunt Jemima® Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix. Television ads show families making not just pancakes, but "Aunt Jemimas".

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1966
The Quaker® Oats Company introduces Aunt Jemima pancake syrup under the Aunt Jemima® trademark with the campaign "Aunt Jemima, what took you so long?"

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1968
The Aunt Jemima® frozen waffle comes to grocery stores across the U.S.

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1970
The Quaker® Oats Company introduces two new items geared towards convenience: Aunt Jemima® Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix (“Just Add Water”) and Aunt Jemima Frozen French Toast.

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1979
Aunt Jemima® Lite Syrup launches with a “Lite Contest” on television.

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1989
Aunt Jemima's image evolves to a contemporary look, adding pearl earrings and a lace collar.

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1991
Quaker introduces Aunt Jemima® Butter Rich Syrup.

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1996
Pinnacle Foods receives licensee rights to sell Aunt Jemima® Frozen breakfast products. The relationship continues today.

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2001
PepsiCo acquires the Quaker®Oats Company, making Aunt Jemima® a beloved member of the PepsiCo family of brands.

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TODAY
Aunt Jemima® pancakes stand for warmth, nourishment and trust – qualities you'll find in loving moms from diverse backgrounds who want the very best for their families.

Our History
Aunt Jemima® has a rich history spanning over 120 years. Use the timeline to explore.