THE HISTORY OF STORAGE BOXES

Have you ever wondered what people used to pack their belongings before there were cardboard boxes? Over time, there have been many varied ways to store one’s belongings. The whole point of a storage box, however, is to keep your belongings safe from the elements of the world. This is especially true if you are moving your belongings.



There have been many varied ways in which people have stored things. The Ancient Chinese used clay pots to store their belongings. However, one of the most popular and enduring ways to store household items is the storage trunk.


The storage trunk has been used for centuries and is often decorated. This has given rise to a position of art in some instances, making many antique trunks a collector’s item. Boxes with dovetail joints were used as early as 3000 BC by the Egyptians. This is evidenced in their use of the sarcophagus utilized for ceremonial and burial purposes.


The design of a storage box would be directly related to its intended use. Ancient storage chests were made of wood and at times overlaid with some type of metal sheeting, be it gold, silver or bronze. This, of course, would make the box itself stronger and capable of handling a significant amount of weight. Furthermore, waxed leather was at times used to cover a wooden box in order to weather proof it. The addition of herbs within a storage box was introduced to keep out vermin such as lice and moths.


Less ornate, but still sturdy and practical, is the wooden chest which is a simple construction of six pieces of cut wood. If you were to extend the end pieces on the side, you would also be able to create a kind of stand. This stand would elevate the box in order to keep the box from sitting directly on the ground. A wooden chest was also sometimes referred to as a coffer. A coffer usually had iron handles on either side for ease of carrying. These were popular between the 9th and 16th centuries.


The 19th century brought in the explosion of the travel trunk. Mostly made from pine wood, the travel trunk and later steam trunks (more decorated and styled as small portable wardrobes) were used to travel abroad.


As it turns out, the first cardboard box was invented in England in 1819. Though corrugated paper was patented in 1856, it was being used chiefly for lining in top hats. It wasn’t until l871 that corrugated cardboard boxes were used for shipping and storage. In 1895, cardboard boxes began to be manufactured in the United States.


Today, we use what is known as the Regular Slotted Container (RSC). This is the cardboard box we all know and love. An RSC is the box where the major flaps meet in the middle and the remaining two do not. We also have many varied sizes and shapes of cardboard boxes to fit your need. It is the go-to moving container for most people and for most moving companies.


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