This wonderful old cheese box was only supposed to be used to ship midget sharp colored cheddar cheese to a hometown, neighborhood grocery store many years ago, but it has survived all these years now to become a wonderful primitive piece. The 9 5/8” tall round cheese carton was shipped with its deli cheese to Kouri’s Super Market in Wichita Falls, TX. Kouri’s, which closed in 2001, was a popular locally-owned neighborhood meat market and delicatessen owned by well-known and loved Kouri family. The family opened the store in 1941. They were known for their wonderful customer service, and still made home grocery deliveries up until the day the store closed. The store was owned by three brothers, and they got too old to continue running the store; all of their children became successful in their own professional careers, and didn’t want to continue in the grocery business.
The cheese box shows wear and tear, but is so interesting. On the lid, you can still faintly see it is marked: Colored Midget, and at the bottom Kouri’s Super Mkt, 1800 Hayes St, Wichita Falls. I can’t find the state nor is there a zip code, which certainly testifies to the carton’s age. There is a piece of wood missing from the lip of the box, but it can’t be seen when the lid is in place. There are age cracks and someone has also written on the side, but overall the box is holding together very well.
This set would be a folksy addition to your primitive collection or just a wonderful reminder of days gone by and the friendly, neighborhood grocery store. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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