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Ink Shipping Crate

Ink Shipping Crate

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Description (Brief)
This is an end panel of a Sanford Ink Company shipping crate. The Sanford Manufacturing Company was founded in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1857. The company relocated to Chicago in 1866 and became a large producer of ink and glue products in its early years before focusing on ink and being renamed the Sanford Ink Company in 1940. Sanford introduced the Sharpie marker in 1964, which went on to become one of its best selling products. Sanford was purchased by Newell Company in 1992.
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Object Name
crate label
referenced business
Sanford Corporation
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 6 1/2 in x 14 in; 16.51 cm x 35.56 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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