Match Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This is a patented iron case panel for “Race Match” matches, made by the Barber Match Company. The panel features the portraits of five women of different races titled Indian, Mongolian, Negro, Malay, and Caucasian. The text reads “5 races, 5 colors, 5 cents.” The Barber Match Company was founded in 1864 in Akron, Ohio. In 1881, the Barber Match Company united with eleven other match manufacturers to create the Diamond Match Company, which remains the company’s current name.
Object Name
crate label
referenced business
Barber Match Company
Physical Description
paper (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
metal (overall material)
crate label: 12 1/2 in x 21 1/2 in x 10 in; 31.75 cm x 54.61 cm x 25.4 cm
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Akron
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Crate Labels
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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