I was poking around a thrift store the other day when I spotted a lovely little cake cover in a box. It was the pretty copper and white enameled one you see here.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed to see that there was no bottom. But I took out my trusty phone and looked at what the bottom should look like — if it was attached. I saw a picture of a square piece of hobnailed glass with feet. So I started poking around the store some more. Maybe it got separated, right?! My hopes were up and it couldn’t hurt. And there, lo and behold, on a lower shelf the bottom was just hanging around topless! AND it was in perfect condition! Score one for me! I was excited in case you can’t tell.
It’s such a pretty piece of history that was made by the same company that made my breadbox (which will never be for sale because it’s my favorite kitchen piece). I love the aqua blue of this bread box and it has shelves. It’s a little beat up but I love it.
The cake keeper and my breadbox are both by Lincoln BeautyWare. Maybe some of you have heard of it. There is not a ton of information out there, mainly because BeautyWare is actually a brand of the Lincoln Metal Products, Corporation which I had to trace through trademark information.
From what I was able to research, Lincoln Metal Products, Corporation came into being sometime in the late 1940s. There is very little information about the company itself other than it was located in New York, NY. They made kitchen and home products.
You could have canisters, breadboxes, trashcans all in matching shades and designs. Everything the modern housewife in the 1950s and 60s could ask for to make her kitchen look put together. I say this with no sarcasm.
I have been a stay-at-home mom as well as a working single mother and I have respect for both. No matter which direction you think about this, women do 70% of all housework and you want your house to reflect the work you put into it. That was the angle that Lincoln Metal Products, Corp. was banking on. And I really do love my breadbox which has a cutting board on the door.
There were a few brands that Lincoln sold under; BeautyCan (a step-on trash can), BeautyWare, BeautyBox and Paperola (a holder for tinfoil, wax paper and paper towels). There were a couple of other brands that were registered under the Lincoln Metal Products, Corporation such as Fold-A-Matic and Hide-A-Matic but I couldn’t find any evidence that these brands were ever produced.
Lincoln churned out many items over the years. Their advertisements aimed at the housewife of the day promoted their cleanliness and clean lines. For their step-on pedal canister their slogan was “BeautyCan sells on sight” (Lincoln Metal Products), Brooklyn, N. Y. (cladriteradio.com). I know I love many of their items.
They seemed to have petered out around the late 1970s for unknown reasons. I cannot seem to find a date as to when they closed. Their registered trademarks seem to have not been renewed since that time.
This is all the information I could gather on Lincoln Metal Products, Corp. For such an iconic brand, they disappeared quietly, at least as far as I could tell. But I know that their products are out there just waiting to be loved by a new generation! Have a great week! And remember, I love to hear from everyone so leave me a note if you have a chance.
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