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Object ID 001144

Object Name Wagner's Catsup

Object Desc Glass bottle with label and no lid which originally contained catsup made by the Martin Wagner Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001005

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 1914

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords food,catsup,Wagner's Catsup,Martin Wagner Company,ketchup,bottles,

Title Wagner's Catsup

Description An empty glass bottle with no lid. The colors of the label are blue, red, green and gold. There are two labels on the bottle. One on the neck which has an image of a dog and had a circle outline with writing "Dogs head brand guarantee. Quality and Quantity." It has two other boxes on the label. One says Home Made Style and the other Wagner's Blue Band Quality. The background coloring is blue and green stripes. The second label has Wagner's Catsup in bold blue letters on a gold background with the green and blue strips in the back. The image is of tomatoes and it says that it is delcious home made style. To the left sides of the label in a gold box it says it was prepared by the Martin Wagner Company. To the right in another gold box it lists the ingredients. On the bottom of the label it suggests that if you like hot catsup you should try Wagner's tobasco. On left side of the label it says it contained 8oz.


Approx Collection Date

Height 8.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2

Circumference 7

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details 3.5 inches for the circumference in the neck of the bottle. 1 inch in diameter at the opening.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Martin Wagner Company

Maker Details Martin Wagner was born in 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland. After an apprenticship in a can factory, he formed his own business in 1872 operating a small but very successful cannery in the Canton area of Baltimore on Luzerne Street. By 1890 the business had grown and incorporated and moved to expanded facilities at 2315-2317 Boston Street, an area that soon became known as cannery row. On December 28, 1903, Martin Wagner died and the prime maritime location of Wagner’s Point soon made it attractive to industrial interests and the slow but insidious decline of the community had begun. On June 13, 1913 fire destroyed the Martin Wagner Cannery but box and can production continued with the establishment of a corrugated and solid fiber box plant. In 1959 the box company, which had become the largest corrugated box plant in the State of Maryland, was sold and the Wagner Company ceased to exist in Wagner’s Point. It was aquired by the Delta Chemical Company.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1005



Date JAN 8,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some edge wear on the labels and some staining.


Date JAN 8,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 8,2014

Summary Location change

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