Coop Crate

Wooden storage crates sold by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) bookstore ("Tech Coop") and used by NESFA to store stuff such as con art show light fixtures and cabling. Their uniform size makes it easier to pack them into a truck. While empty, occasionally used as cradles for infant children of committee or staff members.

Coop Crates
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Photo by Aron Insinga

Coop crates were sold pre-assembled and confirmed sightings of them on the MIT campus date back to 1957 or earlier.

{When did NESFA start using them? When was sale of them discontinued?}

There were quite a few still in use by NESFA as of 2012.

Nominated as one of the MIT community's "most treasured objects" from MIT's first 150 years of history here.