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Milk Tops

Advertisements began to appear atop milk bottles in the 1930’s—by the 1940’s it had become standard for every dairy to use cardboard tops to advertise and brand their products. In the decade that followed, during the height of their popularity and distribution, cardboard tops were deemed unhygienic and banned in many locations. Aluminum and plastic tops began to replace the decorated cardboard tops, and by the 1960’s they had move into a state of obscurity.
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Produce Boxes

Produce boxes are most often printed using the more archaic screen printing or flexography (“Flexo”) methods. The print quality is dependent on many variables, and is influenced by cardboard being highly absorbent and crushable. The end result of these methods is often thought to be less desirable, but adequate. This is due to uneven ink lay-down, sporadic and imperfect registration, and overall softening of the image edge.
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Box Makers Certificates

Often unnoticed on the outside of one of the bottom flaps of almost every box will appear a label called the “Box Maker’s Certificate” or “BMC.” This mark is the maker’s certification as to the strength of the box and its materials. Specifically listed on the BMC is pertinent information such as weight limits, size limits, construction (single wall etc), and burst-test information. Comparing these numbers helps you pick the appropriate box for the specific job. Also within the makers mark is the company name and location.
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