Collection Highlights: Bandboxes
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.