C. Cretors  & Company - 1885-present - Chicago Illinois


C. Cretors & Co., Chicago, Ill.

The Cretors company were well-known manufacturers of popcorn machinery who built nine special popcorn wagons powered by 22.5 hp 4-cylinder Buda engines. They had a complete steam plant with a gas-fired boiler and mill-type steam engine which drove the popcorn popper and peanut roaster. Of the nine made, one survives in Harrah's Automobile Collection at Reno, Nevada.

The Popcorn Popper: Fresh, buttered popcorn has been a good friend of filmgoers for more than a century now. The machines that heat the kernels and mix the oil, butter and salt have been popping corn since 1893, when inventor Charles (C.C.) Cretors first exhibited his steam-driven popcorn wagon at the Chicago World's Fair. Previously, vendors popped corn by holding a wire basket over an open flame, until C.C. developed a steam-powered engine that did the job uniformly and in its own seasonings.

C.C.'s original popper hasn't changed much, except that electricity replaced the steam engine and the sidewalk hand-driven wagon eventually gave way to the lobby's steel-framed bins.

What's the secret behind the popper's longevity? "In a word, dependability," says Charles D. Cretors, president of the Chicago-based C. Creators & Co. "For four generations, the theater industry has depended on Cretors equipment to be running when they needed it on Friday evenings."

Built popcorn/peanut wagons 1890-1920



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