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Object ID 002312

Object Name Oscar Mayer Process Cheese Box

Object Desc Wooden box for Oscar Mayer process cheese.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001780

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 1920

End Year Range 1950

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Oscar Mayer,cheese,food,crates,

Title Oscar Mayer Process Cheese Box

Description Woden box with blue text that reads: "Oscar Mayer Approved Brand Process Cheese." Distributed by Oscar Mayer & Co. Chicago, ILL. Sides of the box indicate that it was for American cheese.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 11.5

Width 3.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Oscar Mayer

Maker Details German immigrant born in Koesingen Oscar F. Mayer (1859–1955) began working at a meat market in Detroit, Michigan, and later in Chicago, Illinois. In the year 1883, Oscar and his brother Gottfried, leased the Kolling Meat Market on the near-northside of Chicago. The Mayer brothers sold bratwurst, liverwurst, and weißwurst which was popular in the predominantly German neighborhoods around their Chicago meat market. By 1900, the company had 43 employees and Chicago-wide delivery service. In 1904, Oscar Mayer began branding its meats to capitalize on their popularity, beginning an industry-wide trend. Early company specialties were "Old World" sausages and Westphalian hams, soon followed by bacon and wieners. In 1906, Oscar Mayer & Co. was among the first to volunteer to join the newly created federal meat inspection program. In 1919, the company made its first major expansion, with the purchase of a processing plant in Madison, Wisconsin.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1780



Date MAY 27,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Bottom cover is missing. Text is faded somewhat. Moderate edgewear throughout.


Date MAY 27,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date MAY 27,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin