Popular in the United States from around 1800-1850, bandboxes were originally intended to store and transport men’s collar bands. Made of pasteboard and covered with either a wallpaper or a specially printed bandbox paper, the lively decorated containers soon began serving as hat boxes and general carryalls as well. The boxes of greatest historical interest were produced in the 1830s; these often contain scenes of historical interest such as innovations in transportation and famous entertainment venues. Cooper Hewitt's collection includes many fine examples of these rare and fascinating items.

  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1913-17-12-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on handmade paper, cardboard support.
  • Gift of Amelia L. Hill.
  • 1948-32-1-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard, distemper, oil pigments.
  • Gift of J.A. Lloyd Hyde.
  • 1945-51-1
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1941-64-2-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Alexander Wilson Drake.
  • 1913-9-1-a,b
  • Object ID #18177697
  • block-printed on paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Mrs. James O. Green.
  • 1913-12-2-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Mrs. James O. Green.
  • 1913-12-3-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Mrs. James O. Green.
  • 1913-12-7-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1913-17-11-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1913-17-19-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson.
  • 1913-45-12-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson.
  • 1913-45-13-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1917-36-4-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1917-36-6-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-1-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-2-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-5-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-9-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-10-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-11-a,b
  • Bandbox, Grand Canal
  • block printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-12-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Charles W. Gould.
  • 1947-94-1-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Mrs. Rollin Stickle.
  • 1960-111-5-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard, wood, wool.
  • Gift of Mrs. Rollin Stickle.
  • 1960-111-6-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, lithograph, pasteboard support.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Edith Labouisse Eno.
  • 1961-144-2-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, pasteboard support, varnish.
  • Gift of Harvey Smith.
  • 1968-44-2-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1913-17-9-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1913-17-8-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1913-17-24-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1913-17-26-a,b
  • Object ID #18180111
  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson.
  • 1913-45-6-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • block-printed paper, wood support, newspaper lining.
  • Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson.
  • 1913-45-14-a,b
  • Bandbox (USA)
  • stencilled paper, distemper colors, pasteboard support.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1941-64-1-a,b