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Bond, Crown and Cork Company negatives

Creation: circa 1939
Accession: 2007-228


This collection of glass-plate and acetate negatives of bottle caps was made by the Bond, Crown and Cork Company of Wilmington, Delaware. The designs are for various beer and soft drink labels. Some of the negatives are dated from 1939, and the remainder appear to be from that time period as well.


  • Creation: circa 1939



4 Linear Feet

Physical Description

18 glass negatives : b&w ; 14 x 17 in. 31 glass negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 47 acetate negatives : b&w ; 5 x 6 or smaller.

Conservation Note

Some have flaking media and/or emulsion 20 items treated February 2014 by Laura Wahl- see attached condition and treatment reports

Historical Note

Bond, Crown and Cork was a supplier of crown cork bottle caps. It operated at 16th and Locust Streets in Wilmington, Delaware. Its research activities, which began in 1910, centered around pairing composition cork with various types of binding materials. In the 1940s, Continental Can Company purchased Bond, Crown and Cork, and it continued on as the Bond Crown Division of that company.

Scope and Content

This collection contains glass and acetate negatives for printing bottle caps for beer and soft drink labels. The glass negatives come in two sizes: 17 x 14 inches and 8 x 10 inches. The acetate negatives are duplicates of the glass negatives, and most of those can be paired with the 8 x 10s. All dated negatives are from 1939, and it is likely that the remainder are from a similar time period.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Negatives (Box 7) are located in remote storage. Please contact staff 48 hours in advance of research visit at

Glass plate negatives DO NOT CIRCULATE.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Bond, Crown and Cork Company negatives
Alex Miller
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA