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Biscuit Shipping Crate

Biscuit Shipping Crate

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Description (Brief)
This shipping crate side originally contained biscuits manufactured by the American Biscuit & Manufacturing Company of New York, New York during the late 19th century. The crate label has the company’s trademark image of a colorful parrot on the left. Founded in 1890, the American Biscuit & Manufacturing Company merged with the New York Biscuit Company in 1898 to form the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) now one of the largest bakeries in the world.
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Object Name
crate label
referenced business
American Biscuit and Mfg. Co.
Place Made
United States: New York, Saugerties
Physical Description
paper (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 11 1/4 in x 23 in; 28.575 cm x 58.42 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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We have this box in slightly more used but totally identical. Since we live in the area of Pa. that Nabisco was in, I think it is pretty common in the North East. Ours even has the original hinges. It's incredible that something this old is still being used as kitchen storage. We could take a lesson on saving our resources.
Dear American History, This is the same imagery as used by Australia's William Arnott (; whose company may have become the biggest biscuit maker in the soutthern hemisphere and still uses the logo. Any I idea who copied who? Regards, John Byrnes, Sydney,

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