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Object ID 000068

Object Name Quinlan's Butter Sticks can

Object Desc Large black, olive, yellow, gold and cream metal "Readings-Original Quinlan's butter sticks" tin. Circular tin made by Quinlan Pretzel Company Reading, PA. Features image of child in overalls straw hat and a basket full of pretzels.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000158

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Food Containers


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Quinlan Butter Sticks,cans,tins,food,

Title Quinlan's Butter Sticks can

Description Large black, olive, yellow, gold and cream metal "Readings-Original Quinlan's butter sticks" tin. Cylindrical in shape. Image of a small boy with overalls and small hat holding a basket filled with pretzel sticks (some of which are falling out of the basket).


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Height 12

Length 12

Width 10

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Quinlan Pretzel Co.

Maker Details Quinlan pretzel company is known for bringing preztels to the saloon. Not just having pretzel associated only with beer. the company started in 1923. new to the time automated pretzel machines could produce 3,000-6,000 pretzels an hour instead of the 7 or 8 that can be made manually. Reading makes 1/3 of preztels (made in Reading, PA pretzel capital of the world).

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY000158



Date JAN 25,2013

Summary fair

Assessor Katie Wells

Notes many small dents in the to lid. some small sctraches. blobs of silver (probably exposed metal) scratchs throughout the container. white paint. metal exposed. Many large dents in the body of the container. sctratches on some of the words such as in the T for the word taste . small pinkish tan blob of paint on the lid. very dusty on the top of the lid. Bottom large rust stain and some more sploches of metal