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Catsup Shipping Crate

Catsup Shipping Crate

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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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Object Name
crate label
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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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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During the mid 50's, in Pensacola, we would buy boiled shrimp and the vendor would provide Sniders Katcup for cocktail sauce, I don't recall it being labled spicy, but it was and quite delicious. I've tried for years to find some, to no avail. The closest substitute I've found is Whataburger spicy Ketchup, which I just had on my ham and cheese. Got me reminiscing about Sniders and this inter-net search.
An update to my earlier comment today. Thomas A. Snider's first wife was Susan M. McGlothlin, of Cincinnati. They were married by the Rev. Chas. A. Dickey in Philadelphia on June 19, 1876. She passed away at her home on Lorraine Avenue in Clifton, a suburb of Cincinnati, on March 19, 1894, Her husband subsequently married Mary W. Baldwin. The request by Tekla refers to Susan Snider, not to Mary W. Snider. This research was done via which enabled me to access the Cincinnati Enquirer. Andrew Smith's book has a few errors in it - Snider was in the baking business before he got into the preserve business.
Thomas Albert Snider was born on April 14, 1843 in Toronto, Canada and died as the result of a train accident in Erie County, Pennsylvania on June 17, 1912. He married Mary W. Baldwin on June 1, 1896 in Muskegon, Michigan but doesn't seem to have had any children. The T. A. Snider Products Co. was established in 1879 and was headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and had plants all across the United States. It was one of the largest catsup manufacturing companies in the country at the turn of the 20th century, Snider was quite wealthy and spent winters in Delray, Florida, which was the headquarters for the company in South Florida.
"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"
Awesome comment - I do have a bottle that’s in such great shape and label. Found this bottle under the floor boards in the attic of the house I grew up in Newport RI. House was built in 1909. Yeah that bottle must of been sitting there a long time.

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