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Tuna Shipping Crate

Tuna Shipping Crate

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Description (Brief)
This shipping crate side contained Mission brand flaked tuna that was packed by the Van Camp Seafood Company of Los Angeles, California during the early 20th century. The Van Camp Seafood Company changed its name to Chicken of the Sea after the exceedingly popular 1960s jingle: “Ask any mermaid you happen to see…what’s the best tuna? Chicken of the Sea!”
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Object Name
crate label
referenced business
Van Camp Sea Food Co.
Place Made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 7 in x 10 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 26.67 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
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