Container Corporation of America

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Container Corporation of America
IndustryCorrugated boxes
FateAcquired by Jefferson Smurfit Corporation

Container Corporation of America (CCA) was founded in 1926 and manufactured corrugated boxes.[1] In 1968 CCA merged with Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc., becoming MARCOR. MARCOR maintained separate management for the operations of each company, but had a joint board of directors. In 1986, Mobil Corporation, which had bought MARCOR in the early 1970s, sold the CCA company to the Jefferson Smurfit Corporation, which merged with the Stone Container Corporation in 1998 to become part of the Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation.

Under the leadership of Walter Paepcke, CCA was a patron of graphic arts and design. The company amassed a collection of art works which eventually found their way to the National Museum of American Art.[2]

In the late 1940s, CCA commissioned Herbert Bayer to create a World Geo-Graphic Atlas which was distributed free to more than 150 colleges and universities.[3] A review described it as the "handsomest and best atlas ever published in America."[4]

The Container Corporation of America headquarters were located in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States.

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  1. ^ Container Corporation of America, and Susan Black. The First Fifty Years, 1926-1976. Chicago: CCA, 1976.
  2. ^ National Museum of American Art (U.S.), Neil Harris, and Martina Roudabush Norelli. Art, Design, and the Modern Corporation: The Collection of Container Corporation of America, a Gift to the National Museum of American Art. Washington, D.C.: Published for the National Museum of American Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985.
  3. ^ Bayer, Herbert. World Geo-Graphic Atlas, A Composite of Man's Environment. [Chicago]: Priv. print. for Container Corporation of America, 1953.
  4. ^ Review: [untitled] L. Ullman Reviewed work(s): World Geo-Graphic Atlas: A Composite of Man's Environment by Herbert Bayer IN: Geographical Review, Vol. 45, No. 1 (January 1955), pp. 147–149

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