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Birthplace of Mr. Peanut.

Birthplace of Mr. Peanut

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Suffolk, Virginia

The Mr. Peanut historical marker stands in the Hall Place neighborhood of 13-year-old Antonio Gentile, who in 1916 won a contest to design a mascot for Planter's Peanuts. Antonio's drawing, which he named "Mr. P. Nut Planter," had arms, legs, a smile, and a cane. The company later added a top hat and monocle, and shortened his name to Mr. Peanut. He became, according to the marker, "among the most widely recognized advertising icons in the United States."

Antonio earned a measly five dollars for his Mr. Peanut creation. Perhaps feeling guilty about that, Planter's co-founder, Amedeo Obici, paid Antonio's way through college and then medical school. Antonio became a physician and surgeon and died of a heart attack at age 36. But Mr. Peanut may live forever.

Birthplace of Mr. Peanut

Hall Place Park

112 Hall Ave., Suffolk, VA
Hall Place Park. Just south of the train tracks, on the south side of Hall Ave., just east of its intersection with S. Main St.
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