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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

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

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.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 6

Circumference 19.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

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.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY906



Date OCT 23,2013

Summary Fair

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.