The Jamaica Plain-born Pineapple King

This advertisement ran in a Spring 1939 issue of LIFE Magazine advertising Dole Pineapple Gems, as served in Hawaii–in case you couldn’t place that strange costume of hers.

James Drummond Dole, was called the ‘Pineapple King.’ The man who founded the Dole company whose juices we all know today  grew up in Boston’s Jamaica Plain. After finishing his degree at Harvard, he set off for Hawaii at age 22, with his total savings of $1,500. He arrived in November of 1899 to an outbreak of bubonic plague. Nevertheless, he stayed, and opened a small cannery for pineapples, not yet a Hawaiian export.

The Honolulu Advertiser called it ‘a foolhardy venture.’

Even more on Dole from the Roxbury Latin School newsletter.


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