A while back in A Different Hinge You Won’t Use I wrote about the ring/loop hinge that I found on three different munitions cases. As is typical, I had never seen these hinges until I came across three of them in a relatively short period of time. Over two days I found three more examples in Asheville, NC this time all food related. Two in one shop. I wouldn’t usually write about more of the same if it weren’t for the fact there were more unique feature.
First is this red crate labeled RICE:
Somewhat crudely made:
And the hinge:
What I found unique was the latch:
What is driving me crazy is that I know I have used a latch just like this. I have the sense memory of using it and recall how often you can release one side while the other hangs.
Across the shop, I found a crate used for transporting water bottles for Buck National Beverage:
And another wire latch:
The inside of the crate is not well finished. I was having trouble trying to get a picture of the printing therein because of the texture.
A flash helps.
Another rare item is this handle:
The function of the backing plate is unknown unless it is to keep fingers from being smashed by freely moving bottles. Or to keep the box sealed against our little insect or rodent friends.
While poking about, I found an auction listing showing a similar box claiming the box was from 1919. I also found an obituary in the July 17th, 1934 Chicago Tribune for a Douglas Monroe Goodwillie, 38, who died suddenly of heart disease.
The next day I found this newer box at another shop in Asheville:
This box looks more like a promotional item than a shipping container.
And, finally, a bonus box not used for edibles:
This box also seems to be more promotional than functional.
Now that I’ve beaten this topic to death, we move on.