Fluff Has Always Been Manufactured in Lynn, Now Buy This T-Shirt
Luca and Nico Sherwood, sons of LMHS Director/Curator Kate Luchini, model their new Fluff T-shirts.
Some dude in Somerville by the name of Archibald Query (an inventor’s name if I ever heard one) comes up with a sort of marshmallow creme in his kitchen, but shortly after sells it to H. Allen Durkee and Fred Mower of Lynn for $500, where it’s been manufactured since 1917.* I think that was a pretty good sum of money back then, but maybe short-sighted none-the less. Anyway, Lynn is the only place Fluff has ever been commercially produced and don’t let anyone from Somerville tell you otherwise. Durkee Mower has an awesome looking Fluff sign you can see from the commuter rail tracks (hint: great for Signs of Lynn).
Through grassroots revitalization efforts of the Lynn Museum and Historical Society and one of its forward-thinking members, along with the generosity of Durkee-Mower Inc., the Museum is now selling limited-time only Fluff t-shirts to help raise money for educational programs at the Museum.
In April Lynn Museum member Isabell van Merlin approached the Museum with a fundraising idea—to create a t-shirt to sell featuring the Fluff logo. It was through van Merlin’s creativity and her work with John and Don Durkee of the Durkee-Mower Inc. company that the t-shirts were created. From that point on “the stars were aligned” said Abby Battis, the Assistant Director at the Museum. “The Durkees were so generous in offering us the rights to use the Fluff brand logo along with the Fluffernutter logo for a year. Isabell’s legwork in bringing this project together, in conjunction with the printing of the t-shirts by Vincent Williams at Jazzy Sportswear, worked to make this idea come to fruition, and it allowed us to keep the business of creating this wonderful product in the city.”
These shirts offer Lynners near and far the opportunity to show their city pride along with their love of the childhood favorite marshmallow creme product. This fundraiser also supports the Museum’s educational programs, including school outreach, field trips, and Family Fun Days at the Museum. This past school year over 700 students toured the new exhibitions on view, and the Museum hopes to double or triple that number in the coming year. Reaching more students requires a significant fundraising effort in the face of budget cuts that have hit non-profit organizations across the city, state and country. “Fundraising initiatives like this enable the Museum to connect with the schools and support their teaching efforts in covering the local history aspect of the curriculum. Our exhibitions this year and the exhibitions planned for next year help make the history of the city concrete for the students. By raising money to offset the cost of programs, we can offer lower admission for these groups which in turn makes the experience affordable for both the schools and the students” Battis states. “And besides, who doesn’t love Fluff? I’m a Fluffernutter for sure!”
Fluff shirts can be purchased at the Lynn Museum at 590 Washington Street, Lynn, MA 01901 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon-4 pm and Thursday from noon-8 pm, or by calling the Museum at 781-581-6200. Adult shirts cost $20 and youth shirts $15.
Furnished from Press Release