Message #30
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Historic Hershey's Cocoa Metal Tins
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 19:28:09


[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

[ Help with Historic Artifact Typology -- SASIG Ed. ]


From: Neal Ackerly

To: nackerly@zianet.com
From: Pamela Cassidy 
Cc: public relations 
Your request for information was forwarded to me for response.
Metal tins for cocoa were introduced in 1894 and discontinued in
February 1988.  I am attaching a physical summary and chronology
of cocoa tins compiled for a similar request made several years
ago.  Please email me directly with any questions.

Background on Hershey Chocolate Breakfast Cocoa tin, 1 lb. Size

DATE           DESCRIPTION

pre-1928       
can probably approx. 4 3/4" tall, slightly wider container

1928-pre1932
can probably 5 1/4" - 5 3/8" tall

1932-1942
can rectangular, oval opening in lid, 5" tall, 3 1/4" wide,
2 1/8" deep

1943-8/1947
cardboard sides, tin top and bottom, oval opening in lid, 5" tall

8/1947-12/1948
tin can rectangular, circular opening in lid, 1 "diameter,
other dimensions same.

1/1949-12/1959
front and back of tin rounded for more oval appearance, sides
still straight.  Circular opening in lid, 1 3/4" diameter

12/1959-2/1960
same dimensions, can partially made of aluminum

2/1960-12/1961
all tin cans

12/1961-12/1964
cans manufactured with light weight tin plate shipped
beginning 1/1962)

1965-9/1987
begin manufacturing cans with lithographed graphics
(prior to this graphics on paper label pasted to can)

10/1987
Discontinue tin cans, begin manufacturing plastic cocoa
containers

Pamela Cassidy, Archivist
Hershey Community Archives
P.O. Box 64
Hershey, PA  17033
717-566-8116
717-566-8004 (fax)
pcassidy@hca.microserve.com