Crown Cork and Seal Collection - PP33

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CROWN CORK AND SEAL COLLECTION

1939-1945

PP33

 Special Collections Department, H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Container list created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, October 1999
Revised by James Singewald, 2011

 
History

The Crown Cork and Seal Company of Baltimore was founded in 1892 by William Painter soon after he patented the “crown cork”. The plant was located in the Canton area of Baltimore City. In 1898, Painter automated the process of filling and capping bottles. The company grew quickly, and by the time of Painter’s death in 1906, the company had plants in Europe, Asia, and South America. By the 1930s, Crown Cork and Seal produced half of the world’s supply of bottle caps. The company moved its headquarters to Philadelphia in 1958, and in the 1900s moved out of Baltimore City. The company and its subsidiaries still manufacture cans and other food containers in the Rosedale section of Baltimore County, and in Salisbury, Belcamp, and Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Collection Origin

Purchase, 1981 (75774).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of twelve photographic negatives and positives on 17 x 14 inch glass plates. The plates were used as an alternative step in the photolithographic process of printing bottle caps, designed for printing 72 caps onto sheet metal stock. They originated in 1939-1945, at the Crown Cork and Seal Company of Baltimore. Included are soda and beer bottle cap designs for companies in Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, and Cuba.

Arrangement

The negatives are arranged according to negative catalog numbers in three boxes.

Container List

All negatives are 17 x 14 inches

Box

Item ID

Description

Date

Notes

1

PP33.01A-PP33.01B

Black CEM. D.E. Free state supreme mellow-ages beer. Free State Brewery Corp., Baltimore, Maryland.

July 13, 1943

Broken glass negative

1

PP33.02A-PP33.02B

CEM. Golden age orange soda artificial flavor and color 1/10 of 1% benzoate of soda.

September 4, 1940

Broken glass negative

1

PP33.03

CEM. Root beer artificial flavor and color.

October 13, 1941

 

1

PP33.04

CEM. Kist Kola here’s refreshment Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.

May 23, 1939

 

1

PP33.05

NF-16. The Queen City Brewing Co, Cumberland, Maryland. Maryland & Garrett County beer tax paid one pint or less.

July 22, 1940

 

1

PP33.06

CEM Dk. Blue. Minick’s Cream Soda Minick Bros. & Co., Inc.

October 24, 1941

 

2

PP33.07

CEM Black. Not labeled. [Line drawing of colonial-type courthouse.]

September 19, 1940

 

2

PP33.08

Blue CEM. Old Antique Ginger Ale.

June 17, 1940

 

2

PP33.09

CEM. Pijuán Refrescos Camagüey, hecho en Cuba. [Pijuán Refrescos Camagüey, made in Cuba. Cuban soda.]

January 8, 1942

 

3

PP33.10

CE24. Kola Peoria Hires Bottling Co. Peoria, Illinois.

September 12, 1945

 

3

PP33.11

CEM. Lovit Orangeade Fitger Brewing Co., Duluth, Minnesota.

November 29, 1945

 

3

PP33.12

Red CEM. Pale Dry.

June 17, 1940

 

 

 

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