Bread Box

Description
This box was used to transport loaves of bread by wagon or train from Meinburg's Bakery of Washington DC to establishments in the city and outlying counties. Delivering goods by rail meant a larger customer base for businesses like this bakery. After reaching its destination and unloaded, the grocery would return the box to the bakery where it was reloaded for another shipment.
The box is constructed of wood with rope handles and could be carried by one person. The box is numbered so agents could track the shipment.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
breadbox
date made
1890-1900
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20 in x 27 1/4 in x 21 in; 50.8 cm x 69.215 cm x 53.34 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
1985.0709.01
accession number
1985.0709
catalog number
1985.0709.01
85.0709.01
accession number
1985.0709
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Food
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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