Wooden pantry box of T. L. Richardson, Strong, ca. 1870

Contributed by Strong Historical Society


This box marked "T. L. Richardson, Strong, Me." was passed-down from Thomas L. Richardson (1812-1895) to his son, Charles Burton Richardson (1855-1920), then to his daughter, Marion Richardson Eustis (1898-1990), then to her daughter, Marjorie Eustis Smith, who used it to store seeds for her gardens for many years.

A round wooden pantry box such as this would be used to store various food items in the pantry. The tight fitting lid would prevent bugs or mice from getting at the contents. With its bale handle, it could also be used to carry a picnic lunch, a hot dish to a church social or as a lunch pail. It was like the "Tupperware" of the day.

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  • Title: Wooden pantry box of T. L. Richardson, Strong, ca. 1870
  • Creation Date: circa 1870
  • Subject Date: circa 1870
  • Location: Strong, Franklin County, ME
  • Media: Bent wood
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  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Strong Historical Society
PO Box 133, Strong, ME 04983
(207) 684-3613

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