Back to the topic of alcohol containers and their tax stamps.
Am I the only one who finds this item rather fascinating???
I do too! No need to be afraid of 3-D philatelic or fiscal material. For the record, here is the description and photos from this lot for when the link in the original post does not work:
Rare Swastika Brand, Grain Alcohol can in unsealed original packaging, The Peoria Corporation, Peoria, Ill. Sealed box never been opened, Tin can inside, it seems the alcohol has evaporated. Very unusual piece. 11" x 7" x 4.5"
It was interesting to see an intact shipping box to show the outer sealing method. I have a similar box, which has been opened. The date on my box is 1-8-1934. As I will define it, here is the front view:
The left and front panels:
The right and back panels (front and back panels look alike):
The bottom half of the left panel showing taxpaid stamp:
Close-up of the taxpaid stamp:
The opened box showing the metal can inside:
Detail of the cap and spout:
Detail of the underside of cap showing what appears to be only a thin waxed paperboard liner, which would easily let the contents wick-out in 90 years:
On the topic of bulk alcohol containers, here is a larger Rossville brand can dated April 12, 1933 containing 3.80 proof gallons. It is 10" high and 8.5" in diameter. Note the collapsible spout, which I extended. Three views as the can is rotated:
Close-up of the taxpaid stamp (1 gallon + coupons at the top for the balance) and the contents panel:
Rossville even had cinderella labels, in sheet and coil (or booklet?) formats: