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Object ID 001137

Object Name Cudahy's Selected Brains

Object Desc A empty red and gold pail from Cudahy Packing Co. that once contained brains.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000999

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 meat,Cudahy Packing Co.,brains,tins,food,

Title Cudahy's Selected Brains

Description This pale is gold and red. It is empty on the inside and is missing the cover. The label states that it is Cudahy's Selected Brains from the Cudahy Packing Co. U.S.A. On the bottom right side of the label it says that it has been U.S. inspected and was passed by the department of Agriculture. In the upper right hand corner it says that it Net Weight is 5 pounds. On the bottom of the pale it has some raised lettering. It says Canco ESTAE 53.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 6

Circumference 18

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Cudahy Packing Co.

Maker Details Cudahy Packing Company was a U.S. meat packing company established in 1887 as the Armour-Cudahy Packing Company and incorporated in Maine in 1915. It was founded by Patrick Cudahy (March 17, 1849 - July 25, 1919) and his brother John Cudahy, Irish immigrants from County Kilkenny whose family came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to avoid the Great Irish Famine. The original business is no longer in existence, but legacies are evident in Cudahy, Wisconsin. By 1922 Cudahy Packing Co. was one of the largest packing houses in the U.S. with operations in South Omaha, Kansas City, Sioux City, Wichita, Memphis, East Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles, as well as distribution operations in 97 cities. In 1956 Cudahy acquired Blue Ribbon Packing Company of Houston.By the mid-1920s, Cudahy was one of the nation's leading food companies, with over $200 million in annual sales and 13,000 employees around the country.The company was dismantled in the 1970s, after it was purchased by General Host.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY000999



Date JAN 6,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The handle is a rusted. The inside of the pale has seen some rust as well. The has been some general wear and tear to the pale, but otherwise is in good shape.


Date JAN 6,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 2 from Room 1, Shelf 11 - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Room 2 - automatic entry by admin