Corned Beef Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This shipping crate side contained Swift’s Premium Corned Beef that was packed and distributed by Swift & Company during the early 20th century. The crate contained two dozen tins of corned beef. Swift and Company was founded by Gustavus Franklin Swift, and was incorporated in 1885. Swift and Company was part of the large meatpacking industry in Chicago that used refrigerated cars to ship their meat all across the country.
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referenced business
Swift and Company
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 7 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 18.415 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
L.E. Leininger
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


"my club has found a old wooden case with "swift cornbeef "on the side of it.we would like to know the history of this crate and the contents it held.thank you,mr.a.broadrick"

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