Last week, I took the information from the catalogs about the large embossed ceramic canister and the embossed ceramic cookie jar and tried to apply it to my collection. The outcome was iffy at best, but a lot was discovered in the process. You can read up on that adventure here. There are also helpful truths to keep in mind while looking at Merry Mushrooms.
Today, I found a cookie jar with the box listed on eBay.
Excitedly, I zoomed in on the box hoping to get more clues to distinguish the cookie jar from the large canister. Instead, the height is plain as day printed 10.5" tall, which is not one of the heights teased out of the catalogs. Well, that's dandy.
So, add that to my unsorted pile of information. However, the Sears logo is the green irregular pentagon with Sears in white serif font inside a white rectangle. This is a somewhat odd logo that is seen on other Merry Mushrooms boxes but isn't included in Sears' logo history. The most helpful box on which this particular logo appears is this one for the egg plate because the egg plate was available 1976-1978.
It's sensible to conclude that the same logo was used around the same time for other products' boxes. Based on this assumption, the cookie jar box seen on eBay is from the late 1970s. The bottom of the cookie jar included with the box is marked 1978 (thank you, kind seller, for included a photo of the bottom!) so that checks, and also supports that the cookie jar and the box belong together.
At the end of this blog, it's apparent that in the late 1970s, the cookie jar was 10.5" tall, not 10.75" as believed.
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