Happy World Chocolate Day!
La Crosse candy maker Rudolph Ambroz was born in Bohemia in 1883. He and his wife Rose settled in La Crosse in 1910, with Rudolph working for Funke Candy Company. While Rudolph remained at Funke, his wife Rose and their daughter began an independent candy manufacturing business in 1919. They worked out of their home at 712 Cass Street, a building that stands today.
The candy box itself features a color drawing of a flapper girl in a smoke-colored strapless dress with a feather fan. It is signed "Hamilton King, 1920". Hamilton King (1871-1952) was an illustrator of the period famous for his portraits of beautiful women. His "Coca Cola girls" are among his best-known images, but his art also graced magazine covers, cigarette cards, and sheet music. His postcards and candy boxes could be purchased commercially. Probably the Ambroz family bought Hamilton King boxes as a deluxe feature for their fine chocolates.
This candy box can be seen on display at the La Crosse Area Heritage Center, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM.
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