MS 41 Tulkoff Horseradish Products Company Business Records

Posted on September 15, 2011 by

Product label, 1960s. JMM 1998.18.12

Food! Food! Food!  It seems like all we’re talking about here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland is food.  Last week we opened our small lobby exhibition Family Fare: Jewish Food Businesses in Baltimore, which will travel around Baltimore after the October 23rd opening of our new gallery exhibition Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity.  So it seemed appropriate to post a food related finding aid.

Inside Tulkoff's Horseradish Products Company at 1016 Lombard Street, 1945. Back: Lena Tulkoff and Ben Tobesman and Estelle Levin Tulkoff, middle: Harry Tulkoff and Marge (the bookkeeper). JMM 1992.11.1

Tulkoff's Horseradish Products Company (Baltimore, MD)

Business Records, n.d., 1947-1970

MS 41

The Jewish Museum of Maryland


The Tulkoff’s Horseradish Company Papers were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Martin Tulkoff as 1998.18. The collection was processed in September 2001.

Tulkoff''s Lombard Street location, 1963. JMM 2007.29.1

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


Harry Tulkoff, born in Bobroisk, Russia, emigrated to the United Statesas a teenager and founded Tulkoff’s in Baltimoreas a produce stand, specializing in supplying caterers with fresh fruits and vegetables.  By 1930, their horseradish became so popular that the Tulkoffs made it their exclusive product, under the name Tulkoff Horseradish Products Company.  Claiming up to 75% of market share for horseradish products in the United States, and run by many members of the Tulkoff family, Tulkoff’s expanded its product line to include prepared white and red horseradish, Tiger Sauce, and horseradish mustard.  Most of Tulkoff’s horseradish is grown in Maryland. 

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Tulkoff's Tiger Sauce bottle. JMM 1990.29.1


Tulkoff’s Horseradish Company Business records include business-related materials.  Bills of sale and bills of lading comprise a significant part of the papers.  Also in these papers are representative samples of Tulkoff=s marketing materials, including promotional signs, unused stationery and sheets of printed jar labels.  Proclamations from the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore that declare the week of November 1- 8, 1966 to be Horseradish Week are also included.  Two food containers are also included; see database for location. 

Product label. JMM 1998.18.12
Tulkoff delivery truck, 1945.
Horseradish Recipe Book. JMM 1998.18.14

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  1. Craig Stagnaro says:

    Cooks use the terms “horseradish” or “prepared horseradish” to refer to the grated root of the horseradish plant mixed with vinegar. Prepared horseradish is white to creamy-beige in colour. It will keep for months refrigerated but eventually will darken, indicating it is losing flavour and should be replaced. The leaves of the plant, while edible, are not commonly eaten, and are referred to as “horseradish greens”…

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