First Egg Cartons May Date to 1929
Nowadays, it's so common to see eggs sold in cardboard cartons that its easy to believe that they were always sold that way. Below is an article written in May 1929 that shows what we assume to be one of the earliest attempts to sell eggs to consumers in packages. Note that the cartons are not the ones we are familiar with today. Rather, they are wrappers designed to protect individual eggs that are then placed in boxes that look like wine boxes.
We don't know if these cartons ever really made it to market. Just a few months after the article was written, the stock market crashed and the U.S. was thrown into the Great Depression. That might have put a bit of a damper on things. If anyone knows about these cartons, please post a comment.
Thanks to Modern Mechanix for posting the article.
EGGS TO BE SOLD BY THE PACKAGE
INSTEAD of asking for a dozen eggs, housewives will buy them by the package just like breakfast food if the new method of packing shown above becomes popular. Eggs are individually packed in corrugated cardboard jackets and shipped in cartons which keep their contents practically unbreakable.