Object ID 001032
Object Name Johnston Butter Flakes tin
Object Desc Oval metal tin and lid originally containing Johnston's Butter Flakes butter crackers.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY000906
General Category History
Category Food Containers
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords crackers,Butter Flakes,Robert A. Johnston Co.,butter crackers,tins,
Title Johnston Butter Flakes tin
Description Round metal tin originally containing Johnston Butter Flakes crackers. Top is painted an off-white color. Sides of tin are green and off white stripes with blue and orange accents. Can reads from top to bottom: "Johnston, Milwaukee, Butter Flakes, Thin Dainty Butter Crackers, Net Wt. 13 oz. or over, Robert A. Johnston Co., Milwaukee" Lid was removable but seems to be adhered in one area so cannot be easily removed. Bottom of tin is rusted through in a few small areas. "Parafin" is written on top of lid in pencil.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
Maker Robert A. Johnston Co.
Maker Details A Scottish immigrant named A.J. Johnston established the A.J. Johnston Confectionery and Cracker Company in 1848 as a local supplier of cookies and crackers. Within a few years the company had a regional and national reputation for high quality products. In 1899, his son Robert built the first factory and expanded the product line into chocolates and toppings. By 1920-23, a modern Art Deco manufacturing and office facility was constructed by Herman J. Esser to house all Robert A. Johnstonís operations.
Date OCT 23,2013
Assessor Molly Hannan
Notes Painted surface of metal has lots of marks, dents, scrapes. Lid has "parafin" written in pencil. Lid does not easily remove, one portion seems to be stuck. Bottom of tin has rusted through sections.