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Made specifically to protect eggs during shipment, this box is dated "1881." Owned by E. A. Robinson of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, the information stenciled on the box names the "Ashfield (Massachusetts) Stage." Family tradition tells us that the crate was used to ship eggs from the Robinson farm in Shelburne Falls to Boston in the 1880s. Much of the food for Boston households was supplied by the farms in western Massachusetts.


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Egg crate

date   1881
location   Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
process/materials   wood, metal
item type   Household Goods/Container
accession #   #1986.14

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