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Star Brand Cream Cheese Wooden Box

$79.00
SKU: #
VINT-STAR-BOX
Vagabond Vintage

Product Description

Antique Star Brand Cream Cheese 3 pound Wooden Box

Rare old wooden box and a bit of history from the man who developed cream cheese into the product we know today. Star Brand was produced by William Alfred Lawrence (1842-1911), a dairyman from Chester, NY. He founded the Durand and Lawrence Company and then the Phenix Cheese Company of New York. Origins of this box are Circa 1875-1879, found in the state of New York. It has one stenciled side that is quite good for display, and one that is faded. Both ends are stenciled with Star Brand with the star registered trademark. The box has no lid, but there are excellent dovetail joints in the 4 corners, making it quite unique. This box held 3 pounds of cream cheese. Lawrence embraced the turn of the century manufacturing technology, exporting services, refrigeration techniques and a market for “fancy cheese,” which was soft and then pasteurized. He originally made the creamy cheese by mistake, but it caught on and he made substantial profits manufacturing thousands of pounds of cheese per year. Lawrence’s Phenix Cheese Company purchased the trademark “Philadelphia” in 1903, ahead of the Kraft Company, to elevate perception of quality, and the name “Philadelphia” replaced “Star Brand.” In that decade James Kraft continued his production and refinement, and developed his form of pasteurized cream cheese and took over the trademarked name Philadelphia Brand cream cheese in 1912, a year after Lawrence’s death in 1911. In 1928, the two companies merged. 

Dimensions: 10.75” long x 3.50” wide x 2-7/8” deep.

Sold As Is: $79.00

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