Match Shipping Crate

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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.
referenced business
Barber Match Company
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Akron
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger
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Crate Labels
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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