Catsup Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This is a Snider’s Catsup shipping crate end. Thomas A. Snider started the T.A. Snider Preserve Company of Cincinnati in 1879, and was renowned for his “catsup” recipe made from fresh tomatoes without preservatives. Snider was one of the largest ketchup makers at the turn of the 20th century and produced a variety of tomato related products and canned goods such as relish, tomato soup, oyster sauce, and pork and beans.
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referenced business
T. A. Snider Preserve Co.
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 10 1/4 in x 13 1/4 in; 26.035 cm x 33.655 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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


"Hi There, In doing some research on a Snider's condiment bottle associated with KLGO in Skagway, AK, I came across some information on the T.A. Snider company that you may be interested in. On page 450 in Bottle Makers and Their Marks, 1971 Julian Toulouse, Thomas Nelson Inc., it says T.A. Snider Co. grew out of Mrs. Snider's home business. "Mrs. Snider's home business was the product of the wife of Reverend T.A. Snider, in that effort to gain a little better living than a circuit-riding minister could achieve. Her first product was catsup. " Further, in doing a search on line I found the following from Pure Ketchup: A History of America's National Condiment, with Recipes, Andrew F. Smith, Univ of South Carolina Press, 1996 - House & Home, page 40, "Snider's ketchup recipe was based on a formula developed by his wife, who had kept a boarding house and became 'famous for the excellence of her preserved food' ". Just wanting to give a little credit to Mrs. Snider, who, sadly doesn't even get a first name in this story. Thanks! Tekla"

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