So we just moved to Austin, TX, and they have a city-wide garage sale once a month that’s a mix of piles of nappy old clothes and a sprinkling of collectors with neat little trinkets hidden amongst their old cowboy boots and postcards. Not quite Alameda, but still addictive.
This tin actually has the original tablets in it. The tin doesn’t open like you’d think- instead of just pulling the lid up like an Altoids tin, you have to push the red button on the top to pop it open. I looked like an idiot trying to pry the thing open at first. It’s a pretty clever little contraption.
What happened to companies caring more about user experience than profits? My company (YouSmellSoap.com) will always opt for lower margins and nicer packaging. Like that plug I just did?
Here’s another green bean label, this time by Red Moon. This was made in the 1920s-1930s in Baltimore, Maryland. The lithographer was Simpson & Doeller. To give you a little more perspective, the label is 4.25″ x 11″. You can buy this one for your collection on Etsy.
I love these vintage Butterfly Brand labels. They’re from the 1880s and have a very distinct style. These particular ones are actually up for sale on Etsy for very reasonable prices. Buy the Pumpkin one here, and the Bean one here.
So I recently discovered the blog Letterology, and I’m quickly falling in love. Check out his post on Sanford’s Glue for the rest of his images. The image from the catalog is from the 1800s, and the postcard is from 1904. He also has an ad from 1928, but you’ll have to go there to see it :)
Isn’t it cool to see the ephemera surrounding an item? It puts it in context and brings it to life. I feel like I’m shopping in the 1800s!
So I recently signed up for Fab.com emails to see their curated sales. I had no idea they were so into vintage beauties! The past couple of days, there have been dozens of great old cans, tins, prints, etc. for sale (super sale, really).
These are vintage Billy Carter beer cans. These beers started being produces in 1870 and lasted until 1970. The date of these particular cans wasn’t specified, but hey, does that make them any less handsome? :)
You can drool here, and you can buy them here.
This is actually a re-make of a vintage Crayola crayon package that Holli found at a Cracker Barrel for $2.50. I never would have guessed there was something I’d want to buy deep in the mounds of knick-knacks in their gift shops.
This fancy tin once held a puff for dusting off your car’s interior and your furniture. Perhaps it was excessive packaging for a duster, but I can’t fault them when it’s this snazzy looking. This particular tin is actually for sale on Etsy by The Fancy Lamb for $62. Follow the link to see their other pics.
I came across this snazzy tin when I was browsing around a blog called Leader Of Men.
“It was made by the M.W. Dunton Company in Providence, Rhode Island, probably in the 1920s. M.W. Dunton was in business for nearly 100 years before being purchased and absorbed by Rectorseal in 1998. More info on M.W. Dunton is available here.”
I can’t imagine ever seeing a beer can lying around today and thinking “hmm. You know, this is really well designed, I think I’ll just hold onto it for the next 50 years or so.” Do you think people back in the day appreciated the design that surrounded them? Or do things like this only survive due to hoarders and forgotten attics? I just can’t wrap my head around packaging today being held onto and cherished in the future. Well, check back in 50 years and lets see what happens! (Yes, of course this blog will still be around… :)