Wooden box that held tinned corned beef

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Wooden box that held canned corned beef. The wooden box is nailed together on all sides and has a leather strap. On three of the four sides there are painted manufacture’s and inspection marks. One side of the box the inspection stamp in the upper right corner, in a lined box reads, [INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA / MINISTERIO DE AGRICULTURA / Y GANADERIA / ESTABLECIMIENTO ? 1A / INSPECCIONADO]. A blank rectangle with the text, [COOKED / C[half letter]ORNED BEEF] is over a solid triangle. Below the rectangle, text in the triangle reads, [PACKED FOR / L[half letter]ibby McNeill & Libby, U.S.A. / - PRODUCT OF ARGENTINA]. On the right is an additional manufacture’s mark of the same rectangle and triangle. Above left, [1 DOZ], and on the right, [3 LB. TINS] is stamped in block letters. A circular stamp covers some of the text on the right and reads, [PHI / U.S. / INSPECTED]. The third side of the box has half of the manufacturers mark but much more faded and deteriorated. The fourth side is blank. The leather strap is nailed to sides 2 and 4.

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