Vintage tins and railroad tracks. What do they have in common? Well…
This is a vintage MJB coffee tin commemorating ‘the’ monumental moment of 1869. The completion of the American Transcontinental Railroad.
Even though I peeled the tape back I know it’s hard to read the fine print, so here it is retyped for you.
The building of the Union Pacific Railroad started westward from Omaha, Nebraska, in 1868. This monumental work culminated with the driving of The Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, completing the Transcontinental Railroad. The photographer, A. J. Russell, traveled with the construction crews, carrying several hundred pounds of glass plates and a darkroom on his horse-drawn wagon. This photograph reproduced from the original 10 x 13 glass negative, is one of almost 200 Russell plates documenting this important part of Western history. [Photograph courtesy of The Oakland Museum.]
Remember when I promised to share one more hidden treasure from my Gran’s sewing box? Well, this vintage coffee tin is the other bit of treasure that was tucked away inside…
Not only was it filled with more beading and sewing supplies, but when I discovered the brief history lesson on the side I felt like I had struck gold! Click here for a little more background on The Golden Spike moment… it’s a short read, and what you learn might surprise you!
I love the way a vintage coffee tin and a piece of railway history resurfaced together. That’s the thing about all these pieces from the past – you never know when or where they’ll turn up again, but when they do, if you’re lucky you’ll discover a story or two… right Nicole Scott? This tin made me think of you!
A special thanks to Andrea for the feature…
And thank you for stopping by!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller