McCahan's Sunny Cane Sugar 100 lbs. Towel Bag
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William James McCahan, born in County Atrim in Northern Ireland, immigrated to Philadelphia in 1851 at the age of 19. In 1872 he purchased a building along the Delaware River waterfront equipped with 3 piers with the objective to enter the areas's robust sugar refining industry. In 1893 his facility was upgraded to process all the steps in the refining of sugar except the growing and harvesting of the cane. McCahan also incorporated the original wholesale grocery division into the sugar company, thus making the company into a fully integrated enterprise. Most of the supplies and raw materials were shipped in and finished products were shipped out to customers all over the U.S. east of the Missouri River from the piers on the Delaware River. The number of employees grew from 40 to 400, and the W. J. McCahan & Co. became a nationwide competitor. In 1918 William McCahan died, and in 1920 the family sold the business to Czarnikow-Rionda and it became the W. J. McCahan Sugar Refining and Molasses Co. In 1944 the business was sold to the American Sugar Refining Co. and the name was changed to the Philadelphia Refining Co.
McCahan's, like many other sugar refineries, packaged their product in cotton sacks. This cut down on the need for bulky wooden barrels. These sacks were tightly woven bags and were later converted into useful items that could be utilized around the home such as clothing, toys, quilts, curtains, pillowcases, undergarments, cloth diapers, dish towels and much more. Manufacturers saw this and acknowledged that consumers were utilizing their packaging, and began labeling their sacks with inks that were washable, which allowed them to be made into anything and everything.
This circa 1920/30's towel bag from the McCahan's originally held 100 lbs of fine granulated sugar. It is printed on both sides, which is a bit unusual. One side features the company logo, with the reverse side featuring the seal of the Good Housekeeping Bureau with the phrasing "Tested and Approved" which they were forced to remove from the seal following a 1939 claim by the Federal Trade Commission. If properly framed and mounted this bag would make an interesting piece of wall decor. Use your sewing skills to create an interesting throw pillow. Or stick with tradition and create some vintage tea towels for your kitchen.
- Materials: Fabric
- Finish: Off White, Red, Blue, Yellow
- Approximate Dimensions: 33"H x 18.5"W
- Bag is freshly laundered and is dust & odor free
- Condition: This item is in vintage condition and is being sold as as-is. Please review photos for specifics.
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