Commercially-made candy boxes were offered in Sunday school supply catalogs starting in the early 1880s. Christmas candy boxes often had a string handle or flap and were shipped flat for later assembly. Once folded, they were typically filled with popcorn, nuts, cookies or biscuits, hard candy or a small toy. Both religious themes and secular themes were popular. Early motifs included the chimney brick, holly or poinsettia.
This early candy box probably dates to the turn of the century and is slightly different in its paper composition and style from the typical Sunday school boxes. It is a little smaller and may have come from a store. It measures 3 ½” x 2” x 1. It has a cheesecloth tape handle. It has images of little girls reading their books with bucolic scenes of a mountain lake and waterfalls. One edge reads, “Choice Confections”. The other has a border of stylized Christmas trees.
The box shows the wear of 100+ years. There is a rip on one face, a broken flap which is inside the box, some creases and paper loss on one side and a glued edge. Please examine the photos and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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Early 20thc Hanging Cardboard Candy Box