Varnish Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This Glidden Varnish crate side was used by the Glidden Varnish Company of Cleveland, Ohio during the early 20th century. The crate side bears the image of an Eagle-like creature on the left, with plain black text that reads “Factories Cleveland, Ohio, Toronto, Ontario/ Branches New York Chicago Boston St. Louis Atlanta.” In 1875 Francis Glidden, Levi Rackett, and Thomas Bolles started a varnish company called Glidden, Brackett & Co. In 1894 the company became the Glidden Varnish Company, and in 1917 was renamed simply the Glidden Company when it diversified its product line by adding paints.
Currently not on view
referenced business
Glidden Company
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
Canada: Ontario, Toronto
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 13 1/2 in x 11 in; 34.29 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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