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Wonderful 70s pine wood box from the American Seed Company. The hinged box says Peas and has painted green peas and pea pods on the top and three sides. This perfect little piece of Americana would be great for storage of small kitchen items or simply as decoration in a rustic kitchen. Oh, wait maybe you can also store your seeds:)

Even better, an interesting story surrounds the American Seed Co. of Lancaster, PA, established in 1918. Published in 1981 when the company went bankrupt after more than six decades in operation, a Time magazine article entitled Youth Gone to Seed, described how the company "provided thousands of youngsters with their first lessons in free enterprise. Grade school children scampered about their neighborhoods selling the firm's garden seeds for a chance to share in the profits and win prizes like bicycles and baseball mitts. But now American Seed has gone out of business, the victim of childhood corruption. Since 1975, some 400,000 young business people have sent away for the seeds but then pocketed all the sales receipts, instead of returning part of the money to the company as payment for the seed. So far this year, American Seed has lost $600,000 through this small-collar crime. The children often had elaborate excuses for not paying the firm. One South Carolina boy wrote to the company: "Sorry I cannot send you your money. Our house was broken into and a lot was taken. All my money and seeds was taken. I would like to have the 'Fireball' shoe skates. Please send them. I will pay." But unfortunately for the company, most tykes simply took the money and ran." Time Magazine Monday, Oct. 12, 1981, Vol. 118, Issue 15

✂-----Measurements:
Height: 3"
Length: 7.5"
Width: 5"

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Vintage 70s wooden seed box/ American Seed Company pine box/ Green Peas/ trinket storage box/ rustic kitchen decor

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Material: pine
  • Feedback: 117 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Massachusetts, United States
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