Pyrex Mug / Cream Crackers / Colman’s Mustard / Priory Tea / Spice Girls Chocolates / Spotted parcel tape / Birds Instant Whip / Brillo / Russian Hairbrush / Hornby Trains / Artesque Photographic Paper Snuff tins Marx Sooper Snooper toy1950s Easter Egg boxes Airfix Betta Bilda sets / Costello’s Ladies Outfitter Hull Kodak Brownie 44A Camera Outfit, Lemfizz sherbet sweets Birds Eye packaging, Polaroid Swinger camera box
There’s something about packaging which fascinates me. Design and printing techniques, construction, materials – all that work and effort going into producing something which is torn open and disposed of. At best it gets recycled. At worst is blows around the countryside or back streets until it decomposes. They pulled a neat cup-de-sac of 1930s semis down a few years ago not far from here. Built behind the hospital as houses for staff, the land was needed for an extension. Mooching round, I discovered one of the garages full of salvaged packaging materials. Piles of brown paper neatly folded and tied with string. Bundles of string tied up with string. Old washing up liquid bottles with brown tape stuck on ready for relabelling. Cardboard boxes which had once been used to bring home shopping from the local grocers. The survivors of this endless chain of manufacture are here mostly by accident, sometimes as reminders of a less disposable age when people did put such things aside for reuse. The ‘it’ll come in handy’ mentality. There are also rare 78 rpm Columbia and HMV shipping boxes on our sister site ST33.