In the 18th and 19th centuries, dairy farmers used butter prints to decorate their butter. Each farmer used a different print that was specific to the individual farm. Often, shoppers linked quality to a particular butter print. In addition, printed butter sold for more money than the unmarked alternative. Aside from brand identification, butter molds and prints afforded a creative outlet for farmers and craftsmen in Pennsylvania farming communities.
Butter Print (Double Tulip), c. 1820–40, made in Pennsylvania