This tin was manufactured by the Somers Brothers Lithographers of Brooklyn, NY in the late 19th century. While Somers Brothers is a well-known name in Tobacciana, this cake tin is also a very fine example of tin box lithography produced in the late 1800s. A similar example can be found in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Leopold Schep, the purveyor of the ‘cocoanut’ within this box, grew up quickly as the child of poor German immigrants in 1840’s New York. He began his entrepreneurial career as a child selling palm fans at the train station, but this grew into a large scale coconut import business. Schep himself became one of the wealthiest men in New York City by the end of the 19th century and was known as the “Coconut King of New York”. Prior to his death, Schep created a foundation to provide money for underserved children to have access to education, which still exists today.