Bread Box

Bread Box

Usage conditions apply
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.
Currently not on view
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Other Terms
breadbox; rail
date made
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 20 in x 27 1/4 in x 21 in; 50.8 cm x 69.215 cm x 53.34 cm
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Thanks for posting, I didn't know this fact and helps me appreciate our vintage bread box.

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