I returned to the store, hoping that the crate was still there, two weeks later. I quickly navigated the booths until I saw it--in the same place as before, on top of an old piece of furniture, too high for the line of sight of most people. Happily, I got it down and marched back up to the checkout, purchased my crate, and went home, eager to start on this piece of art.
I attached two picture hanging hooks on the back and strung picture wire for hanging.
A History of the Canning Industry by Arthur Ignatius Judge. The information I found at the bottom of the page is as follows:
"In 1886 a canning factory was built at Kokomo, Ind., by the Charles Bros., under the name of the Brookside Canning Company, and was operated until 1901. The plant was sold to Grafton Johnson, at Greenwood, Ind., who operated it until 1904."
Based on that info, I know that the label was placed on the crate sometime between 1901 and 1904. It very possibly covers the original label of the Brookside Canning Company that dates between 1886-1901, but I'll never know because I don't plan to remove the label.
|I just love this label art|
|The original label is exposed under the top label|
I absolutely love this. It really only took maybe an hour of work plus drying time for the acrylic. But the vintage label just adds so much character to the room, and I'm so glad I was able to get this. I think it looks great! And the best part was that the whole project cost me under $15. Score!