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Bivalve Oyster Packing Company, American, founded 1946  Search this
tin, plastic, ink on paper
H x W x D: 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 3/8 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 8.6 cm)
Place made:
Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
late 20th century
Tin can for the B & L Oysters brand and by the Bivalve Oyster Packing Company. The can is light green, dark green, and white in color. The graphic on the bottom of the can depicts waves. The waves are capped in white. A sailboat is on the front of the can. Behind the boat is a large white circle. White text on the front of the can reads “DELICIOUS / B & L / BRAND / OYSTERS.” Below the sailboat is additional white text indicating the size of the can. Written in dark green text to the right of the sailboat is “SEE LID / FOR SIZE DESIGNATION / BIVALVE OYSTER PACKING CO. / BIVALVE, MD. 21814 / DISTRIBUTORS.” On the back of the can is a rectangle with an attached circle at the top. Within the circle is a white graphic of an oyster. Surrounding the circle and oyster is an arc of white text that reads “BIVALVE OYSTER PACKING CO. / DISTRIBUTORS.” Within the rectangle is dark green text that reads “CHESAPEAKE / AND / TANGIER / OYSTERS / Shucked daily with the great- / est care give to clean- / liness and sanitation.” White text at the bottom reads “KEEP ICED UNTIL USED.” The top of the can includes a clear plastic top.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Deborah T. Salahu-Din
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture