Hershey's Cocoa tin
This tin has a brown paper label and features the baby in the bean pod logo on front. It dates back to the Edwardian Era being from between 1906-1911 because many things changed with the label packaging in 1912
In 1912 Hershey's changed the font to the well known block lettering that we know today, if you notice this has the very fancy script type lettering, sometime around 1915 they also began using a different logo than the baby in the bean pod.
There was a reproduction bank done of this design as a commemorative tin but as you can well see this is the ORIGINAL, which is indeed a rare find.
It has the directions for making cocoa on one side and the following statement on the other side, "Hershey's cocoa is recommended by physicians of every practice, and should be used freely especially by invalids and children"
This measures 4.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide and is 2.5 inches deep. It is missing the lid, the exposed tin area is rusted (beautiful rust) The label has some small rips, tears and cracking. And there is some fogginess and wear to some of the silver lettering. This can all be viewed in detail in the photos. Due to age and nature of the paper you can expect this label to be somewhat stiff and prone to crumbling if overly handled.
For an item of this nature that is 105-110 years old I would say it is in amazing condition.
Would look great on display in a kitchen china hutch etc.
Since these paper labels were made of wood pulp they tend to break down over the years as the acidity takes over, so finding a label that is this well intact is rare. Also many of these cans do not exist due to the war efforts when everyone was urged to recycle/turn in all metal for help with the war in building of bombs.
This label has been treated with a non toxic spray called Archival Mist which is a product that stops the progression of deterioration by making the paper non acidic. Now this will not reverse the aging/deterioration that was already there but will keep it from further breakdown. *This spray is used in museums on all the paper items to help preserve them.
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