Hi all! My friend, Virginia from Virginia sent me this clipping today describing the closing of the miniature department at the Lane factory in Altavista, VA. The article says Lane announced "On Friday" the department would be closing. As we all know, May 26, 1999 was a Wednesday so the announcement likely was talking about … Continue reading Last off the line – Update
Hi all, Real quick find... I found this key on ebay being offered with a Tall box. The bottom label tells us the box is probably from the late 1940's up to around 1956. The box is very common and the lid logo is also very common for the era mentioned above. Given the heart … Continue reading New Heart Key Found
Hi all! As a reminder, my working theory is Peterson Brothers Mfg. in Chicago made boxes for Lane as part of the Girl Graduate Plan from roughly 1925 to 1935 along with Pilliod of Ohio. I won't go into my rationale here; you can go back to my posts about Early Era boxes for more … Continue reading Peterson Brothers Box – Age 1929
Hi all! As a reminder, I have been tracking the 3 and 4 digit numbers found on some Tall, Short Beveled (SB) and Short Rounded (SR) boxes. If the numbers are read backwards, like the serial numbers on the full sized Lane chests, the numbers can be interpreted as dates. If they are read forward, … Continue reading Why, Why, Why? Bottom number theory takes a big hit!
Hi all! Just when I think I have a some slight grasp on the chronology and the age of our boxes, something comes along and makes me question my hypothesis. Chasing the boxes tonight I came across a very typical Short box that looks like this on the ebay store... Because it has this logo … Continue reading Just when I think I know…Class of 55 sticker!
Hi all! The possibility of the bottom number stamps described in my last couple of posts being date related has got me thinking about how many of each style of box was made. I'm not going to go into the math here because it's too boring and it's based on a whole bunch of guessing. … Continue reading Boxes by the Numbers
Hi all. Really quick one this time. Please check out my website HERE to see how I have added photos of bottom numbers to the discussion. Based on my research over the last several weeks I am pretty confident these numbers do, in fact, represent dates of manufacture - backwards. Until I see evidence to the … Continue reading Bottom Numbers/Dates Added to Website
Hi all! Once again, Happy Father's Day! In my last post I asked the box gods for a 4 digit number stamp on the bottom of a box. It took a day...got my wish.... I don't think I've talked about this before; but, for the most part Lane dated their full sized cedar chests (and … Continue reading Bottom number stamp – Quick follow-up
Hi all! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! Over the years I have noticed three digit numbers very rarely stamped on the bottom of our little boxes. Nothing about them seemed to make any sense. Two of the boxes in my collection have these numbers on the bottom and yesterday I noticed … Continue reading Mysterious Bottom Number Stamps
Hi all! Quick find today. Believe it or not, I've missed a little detail on our TFF boxes. Boxes that look like this.. The hinges on these boxes are mortised in to the top and back and are visible on the interior more than on the exterior. See below... I just noticed there are two … Continue reading Tall Fluted Feet (TFF) hinges variations