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Object Name Box
Date ca. 1920-1940
Title Buster 2 Inch Salute
Description Fireworks in original packaging. Rectangular cardboard box with red, white and blue graphics and inscriptions: "2 INCH SALUTE / UNXLD / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / BUSTER / CAUTION / Do not hold in hand. / Manufactured by / THE UNEXCELLED MFG. CO., INC. / NEW YORK, N.Y. / Made in U.S.A." Box contains deactivated firecrackers.
Acquisition Gift of Robert Anderson
Ownership and History The Unexcelled Manufacturing Company was a major employer in Graniteville, Staten Island, making fireworks there from the 1880s to the 1940s. The company was first incorporated in 1874 and had retail headquarters on Park Place in Manhattan. Unexcelled also produced pyrotechnics for military use in World War I and World War II. The Graniteville plant was the site of a deadly explosion in 1942, and was closed in 1945.
Earliest Date 1920
Latest Date 1940
Maker Unexcelled Manufacturing Company
Subjects Fireworks
Lexicon Sub-category Merchandising T&E
Catalog Number 86.007.0009
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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