On March 25, 1911, a deadly factory fire at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City killed 146 workers, including many young immigrant women, who were trapped in the building by locked and blocked exits. The public was horrified by this needless loss of life. In response, the New York State Legislature created the Factory Investigating Commission to examine working conditions in factories and other businesses. In the four years of its existence, the Commission reported on fire hazards, unsanitary conditions, occupational diseases, working hours, wages, and more. Many of the Commissions' recommendations to the state legislature later became laws to protect workers.
This booklet advertising the Niagara Chocolate Company is written as a letter from a girl to her father after a tour of the chocolate factory. In the letter, the girl praises the sanitary conditions of the factory and describes the chocolate-making process. The booklet was submitted to New York State’s Factory Investigating Commission around 1913.