Yeast Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This Magic Yeast shipping crate end is printed with Magic Yeast’s owl and moon trademark. Magic Yeast was formulated and manufactured by Egbert W. Gillett in 1886. In 1893 Gillett founded the Northwestern Yeast Company in Chicago, Illinois, to manufacture Magic Yeast and its companion product, Yeast Foam. In 1929 the company was merged with four others by J.P. Morgan to create Standard Brands.
Currently not on view
referenced business
Northwestern Yeast Co.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 3 1/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 7.9375 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Crate Labels
Data Source
National Museum of American History


"My dad had an old wooden box full of the usual, "maybe this will be useful for something " screws and other stuff, in his basement when my brother and I had to clean it out for selling the property. This box had had lettering stamped onto it, which was now just bare outlines of the stamping. Through the use of a bright light and other techniques I was able to reveal and ink in much of the lettering on the box. It is a very cool Yeast Foam crate, now a colored pencil container. Lance Covey"
"I have one of these crates. In the 1970s, my husband and I used to poke around the flea markets and shops in the Luray, Va area where I picked up this box, among other nice finds.It has sat on my desk holding pencils, etc. all these years, where I've thoroughly enjoyed its'look. We are now downsizing, utilizing Ebay, Etsy, and Craigslist. I began researching this box and found your site, and am so delighted to learn some history on it. Now I don't want to part with it!!!! Just wanted to tell you thank you,. With regards, Carole"

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