Johnson-Layne Coffee Co, Gunpowder Brand General Store Bin, St. Louis, Missouri
Circa 1910, The Johnson Layne Coffee Company in Saint Louis, MO was in business for only a few short years but their flagship brand was the Log Cabin Brand of Coffee. This particular general merchandise storage display bin was designed for customers to scoop out their coffee in bulk when buying the product. The Johnson-Layne Coffee Co Gunpowder brand was actually their brand of tea. In 1900 approximately 60% of the tea sold in the U.S. was called Gunpowder tea due to the shape of the tea pellets which resembled gunpowder.