Many are drawn to the old time graphics often included on old spice tins. The classic colors and designs are a great addition to your home décor.

Vintage McCormick Spice Tins at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Nostalgia
A feeling of nostalgia warms our hearts and warms our homes! An old McCormick’s tin may remind you of Grandmom’s house, and that sentimental feeling can be very pleasurable. Why not place it somewhere prominent as a daily reminder of good times and good people.

Your name please!
Others collect tins that showcase their name, first or last. If your first name is “Ginger” you are in luck! There are lots of choices to choose from in terms of Ginger spice tins: many different brands, various time periods. Last names or nicknames can often be found on old advertizing tins. Hunting for them is half the fun!

McCormick’s History

Back to the subject of McCormick’s, here is a short timeline of the brand:

1889 – Willoughby M. McCormick started the business in Baltimore at age 25 (initial products were sold door-to-door and included root beer , flavoring extracts, fruit syrups and juices)

1895 – The Clover Brand was used for the flavoring extracts, fruit syrups and juices

1896 – McCormick bought the F.G. Emmett Spice Company and entered the spice industry

1902 – The Banquet Brand was established for its spices and mustard

1903 – Willoughby and his brother Roberdeau incorporated the company in Maine

1904 – Most of the company’s assets and records were destroyed in the Great Baltimore Fire. Within 10 months, a new five-story building was erected on the old site.

1905 – The brand name Clover Blossom was established for the spices and mustard, and Bee Brand tea was made.

1909 – The Green Seal salad dressings and table relishes were added to its line

1910 – McCormick became one of the first producers of tea in gauze pouches, thereby introducing “tea bags.”

1915 – The company was reincorporated in Maryland

1921 – A new home for the “House of McCormick” was built at the Baltimore harbor.

1926 – Bee Brand Sesqui-centennial

1937 – New “Tea House Tea” trademark was developed.   New metal containers developed for spice line, one of the packaging changes that won seven national packaging awards for McCormick in the next two years.

1941 – The big “Mc” became a trademark for nearly all U.S. products

1971 – McCormick Division expanded operations by opening its Hunt Valley Plant.

1990 – A subsidiary of Hanson Industries sold its interest in the OLD BAY brand of products to McCormick. OLD BAY is now sold in both retail and food service size packages.

1999 – McCormick stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Check out part of our spice tin collection at BAHOUKAS: