Quaker Oats and Other Advertising Cookie Jars

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Quaker Oats Aunt Jemima Jar

Photo (c)Barbara Crews

Although The Quaker Oats Company actually incorporated in 1901 when several companies were combined forces, Quaker has been around since 1877 when the trademark was registered.

The well-known company has produced many different products over the years with numerous companies and brands representing the parent company and for collectors -- this means lots of premiums!

Some of the more contemporary items from Quaker Oats include cookie jars. They have been offered as both premiums for consumers and employee-only items. These started being offered in the early 1950s.

Aunt Jemima Ad showing the first jar.

More on The Quaker Oats Company

Aunt Jemima was acquired by Quaker Oats in the 1920s and is well known for the many black memorabilia/advertising premiums throughout the years.

  • Mail-in Premium: 1950s
  • Made by: F & F*
  • Material: Hard Plastic
  • Size: 12"
  • Estimated Values: $300 - $500
This Aunt Jemima jar had two different skin colors, a dark brown and black. Another Aunt Jemima jar, in soft plastic, was also offered as a mail-in premium after this one, still in 1950s.

*Fiedler and Fiedler Mold and Dieworks

Original Advertisement for Aunt Jemima

Also See: Black Memorabilia Jars

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Aunt Jemima 2

Photo (c)Barbara Crews

Aunt Jemima was acquired by Quaker Oats in the 1920's and is, of course, well known for the many black memorabilia/advertising premiums throughout the years.

There were two different plastic jars available, a soft plastic and a hard plastic jar shown elsewhere in this indes. This one is not in the best shape with quite a bit of paint wear. Aunt Jemima script is on the apron of this softer plastic jar. This lighter brown Aunt Jemima was the second jar available.

  • Size: Approximately: 10"
  • Material: Soft Plastic
  • Values: $225 - $325 (in good condition)
Also See: Black Memorabilia Jars

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats McCoy Cookie Jar

Photo ©Barbara Crews

From Chiquita Prestwood:
It is believed that McCoy made a model for the Quaker Oats jar, but McCoy had trouble with the decals being blurred. Only a few wound up being produced and those were not used by Quaker Oats, that's when Regal got the contract to produce the Quaker Oats cookie jar.

  • Height: 9.5"
  • Estimated Values: $450- $550.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats 100th Anniversary Jar

Photo ©Barbara Crews

In the late seventies a new promotion for Quaker Oats appeared. "It's the Quaker Man's Happy Birthday Cookie Jar".

The ad reads in part, "It was 100 years ago that our old fashioned man became the trademark of the Quaker Oats Company. . . . An authentic replica of the Old Fashioned Quaker Oats package recreated in high quality dishwasher-safe porcelain by Regal China".

  • Mail-in Premium
  • Available in 1977
  • Height: 9 3/4"
  • Issue price: $6.95
  • Price Estimates: $60.- $90.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Cookie Jar - UK Version

Photo ©Barbara Crews

Another version of Quaker Oats is the United Kingdom version. The jar is small, but well done. Although I had suspicions about the wooden top being original, I've have seen other jars with the same lid.

  • Issued in 1999
  • ar is approximately 6.5"
  • Estimated Values: $55. - $95.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Canadian Version

Photo ©Barbara Crews

I know nothing about how, when or where this jar was distributed. It's a Canadian jar and the back text is in both English and French. I've rarely seen this jar, so value estimates could be off.

Bottom has no markings and is glazed.

  • Height: 8 3/8"
  • Estimated Value: $75.- $100.?

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Mother's Crushed Oats Jar

Photo ©Barbara Crews

It appears that 1992 was the first year that a limited edition, employee-only jar was produced for Quaker Oats. This heavy stoneware jar has several matching pieces, including a pitcher, tile trivet and utensil holder.

  • Issued in 1992 Amana IA
  • Blackbird Pottery
  • Limited Edition: 950
  • Height: Approximately 9.5"
  • Estimated Values: $175. - $250.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats 120th Anniversary Jar

Photo ©Barbara Crews

In 1997 a coupon started appearing in a few Quaker Oat products and on the Quaker Oat web site. It was twenty years after the 100th Anniversary jar was sold and it was time for another jar, the 120th Anniversary jar! The quality of the jar is fair to good, but not up to the well-done Regal China jar.

  • Mail in Premium, coupon on web site & product packages.
  • Available in 1997
  • Height is 9 1/8""
  • Issue price - $19.95
  • Current value est. $25. - $40.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Cedar Rapids Sack Jar

Photo ©Barbara Crews

Another employee-only Quaker Oats jar looks just like a sack of oatmeal. The company has done a great job when producing realistic jars.

An almost identical jar was made for the plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, except the decals on the side of the jar are different. The St. Joseph jar also has a 120th Anniversary Logo on the jar.

  • Limited edition, available to Quaker Oats employees
  • 1998 Limited Edition
  • Height is 9"
  • Jar is identical front and back, but sides are different
  • $175. - $275.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Aunt Jemima Syrup

Photo ©Barbara Crews

This is one of several Quaker Oats cookie jars that was offered through the employee stores. The only way to get a jar was if you knew someone who worked for the company, this particular jar was offered to the Cedar Rapids employees.

Although it's quite a bit larger than a regular bottle of syrup, the jar is very realistic-looking.

  • Issued in 1999
  • * Jar is approximately 12 1/4"
  • * Limited edition of 1600
  • * Estimated Value: $110. - $150.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Pancake Stack #1

Photo ©Barbara Crews

This is such a realistic-looking jar, you'll be craving pancakes if it sits on the counter.

  • Employee Only
  • Available in 2000
  • Made by Vandor
  • Limited Edition: 600
  • Height: 8.5"
  • Estimated Value: $100.- $150.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Pancake Stack #2

Photo ©Barbara Crews

Although this jar was originally made as an employee-only jar, there were surplus jars and, like the Captain Crunch, Vandor offered them to cookie jar dealers.

  • Employee Only
  • Available in 2001
  • Limited Edition: 1200
  • Height: 8.5"
  • Made by Vandor
  • Estimated Value: $75.- $125.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Captain Crunch

Photo ©Barbara Crews

Captain Crunch was a Quaker Oats Company employee-only jar, but the company did not buy the entire limited edition lot of 1200. The Vandor Company then offered surplus jars to cookie jar dealers, these were sold for around $50. at the time.

  • Produced in 2001
  • Height: 12"
  • Limited Edition: 1200
  • Estimated Value: $175. - $300.*
*These jars have sky-rocketed in value over the past few years. I've seen them sell for as high as $350.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Oats Grain Drops

Photo ©Barbara Crews

There is not much documentation on Weiss Jars. This particular jar is bright and colorful, but not well made. The logo is a cutout (sloppy) that was glued on.

Although I feel this is an authentic jar and not a fantasy item, I've not been able to find out how or where it was distributed.

  • Made in Brazil
  • Height: Approximately 11.5"
  • Estimated Value: $175. - $225.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Quaker Man

Photo ©Barbara Crews

Not a Licensed Jar!

Crabby Onion is a company that makes and sells unlicensed jars. Although this Quaker Man jar looks like the logo from Quaker Oats, it could be argued that this is just a head jar of a man who is a Quaker and not an unlicensed jar.

  • Made by Crabby Onion
  • Height: Approximately 7"
  • Issue Price: $50.

Note:
The prices shown are suggested ranges only. Prices shown are a combination of book values, online auctions and cookie jar dealers. Many times bargains can be found at online auctions and at other times a bidding war can cause greatly inflated prices, those are not always a true value. Consideration must be taken into account as to when auction was held, images used, condition, category, and description. All of these things can greatly affect the price realized.

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Hamburger Helper Cookie Jar

Barb Crews

This jar was an advertising promotion that was not available to consumers. It was part of a two-piece cookie jar set and as far as I can determine it was sent out to media buyers.

  • Size: 8 3/4"
  • Marks: Made in China
  • Date: 2004
  • Limited Edition of 800
  • Values: ?*
*This jar has always interested me, so I've kept track of the prices the jar has sold for. It's ranged from around $55., $76.(amount I paid for both jars in the set), $152. and over $1000. So what should the value be? You tell me!
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