USO REVEAL: No time like the present

Unidentified Scrap Object: Scrap Metal Yard in Snohomish

 

Greetings! Welcome back to our Unidentified Scrap Object blog. Each week we bring you a new and exciting object we found in our scrap metal yard in Snohomish. If you have not seen our previous post you can check it out here.

 

Now is the time you have all been waiting for, the reveal! Scroll down to see.

 

USO REVEAL!

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A tin of thyme! A Crescent Pure Spices tin of thyme. I could not find a date for this tin, there was no serial number or other identifying markings to help with that search. I did find a lush history about the Crescent Company. Before creating this post, I had never heard of the Crescent Pure Spices brand, but come to find out they are an important part of the local area.

 

The Crescent Pure Spices was founded in Seattle in 1883. Unfortunately the company opened six years before the Great Seattle Fire. The company struggle only continued when the Great Depression happened in 1893. The business somehow recovered by 1897 when the discovery of gold in Alaska. The gold brought people to the area, seeing as Seattle was the last stop in the US before Alaska.

It was the creation of Mapleine, Crescent’s bestselling product that kept them in the spotlight. With the terrible economy, the imitation maple was a hit. It rose to popularity incredibly quick. The product was introduced at the Puyallup Fair in 1908. Soon after they brought the product to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition. Fun fact of the day, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific fair grounds are now the University of Washington campus.

 

The US government held 300 crates of Mapleine in 1909. Crescent was accused of false advertising the use of maple syrup extract. Crescent would lose the case. The company would continue in popularity and eventually be bought out by the McCormick Company in 1989.

 

The Crescent Pure Spice Company has an incredibly interesting history. You can check out a picture of their store front here. You can also read an excerpt about the company from a great book about this area here.

 

 

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