Building a chronology…Part 2, The Short Boxes

Hi all.

As I said in my last post, I have not found any evidence of a Short box older than 1963.   It is my assumption that Lane changed the size of the boxes sometime between 1957 and 1963.

The box I can definitively date as 1963 contains the following lid logo brand…

Single line surrounding words

Single line surrounding words

I have a gap in my time-line until 1970.  From 1970 to 1985, I am only finding this lid logo brand…

Just the Registered Lane name

Just the Registered Lane name

Another gap from 1985 to 1995.  I have very strong evidence (stamped dates) of the following lid brand from 1995…

Lane only

Another gap until 2002 and 2004 when I find this brand…

Four squares and name

Four squares and name

The interesting part of the one dated 2004 is it says, “North Valley Class of 2004.”  Other than this, I haven’t dated a box past 1985 that I am certain was part of the Lane Girl Graduation Plan.  However, I believe the Program may have been somewhat viable into the early 1990’s although I have to firm evidence of this.  My hypothesis is that Lane made boxes from the early 1990’s to 2004 in a limited capacity and probably not related to the Graduation program.  The working theory is Lane made the boxes in more of a “commercial” capacity in conjunction with retailers and other manufactures like Disney and Mattel as I have seen boxes painted with Disney characters and sold with Barbie doll clothes.  Again, the “…Class of 2004” is a departure from this and may have been a special run for a particular school.

I haven’t been able to date the Short beveled top version (SB)  of the boxes.  It has the lid logo found at the top of this post.

Well, lots of time-line gaps to fill means more work to do.  Given the amount of time I have spent with these boxes over the last couple of months, I have some working theories not mentioned here as I have no evidence to support them yet.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Until next time…


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2 thoughts on “Building a chronology…Part 2, The Short Boxes

  1. Just wanted to comment; I graduated in 1990 from a high school in Montgomery County, MD. Our local furniture store in Rockville gave the girls in our class a box. So, they definitely did the grad program in the early 90s. I still have it. I also have my moms from 1960-something, maybe 1965? They are identical in size, shape, color and brand. The only difference is the name of the furniture store stamped inside, and the fact that the hinges finally broke on the older one. They are treasures!

    I found you because I was researching these fun little boxes. 🙂


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