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"A look at Antique Stores or Collectible shops would show a wide variety of old items that came in tin containers. These were disposable items such as foods, soaps, tobacco and medicines. But the one item that was actually kept and not disposable, was most often sold in cardboard boxes - the Board Game. These much played-with game boxes wound up being tattered and torn. The family's favorite games would have old boxes bound together with tape and ribbons. Games are still put in boxes, but occasionally the game's container is a tin. These are not necessarily to protect the games, they are done to entice the collector!" Tin Collecting - Modern Games
Country Joe reminded me on this discussion thread about vintage advertising phone dialers! If you are not vintage yourself you may not remember a type of phone that would need such a thing! :) However, on this topic, I came across an article this morning by Nova Antiques "I have written in the past about how I got started selling on eBay; selling vintage telephones and old antique radios. I would comb through the estate sales, yard sales and flea markets in search of a good bargain that I could then resell to someone else; someone who would love the old radio or telephone as much as I did; someone who would get pleasure out of restoring or cleaning it up. For the most part, the vintage telephones that I sold online were rotary dial telephones.
Many of you youngsters out there reading this and who have grown up with primarily a push button phone may ask, what is a rotary dial telephone? The answer is a telephone that had wheel with numbers stamped or papered on the inside. Most people stuck their fingers in the hole and rotated the wheel (dial) to a metal stopper, take the finger out and the spring loaded dial would rotate back to its original position. The person would then stick their finger in the next number in the dial and follow the same procedure until the entire telephone number was dialed.
However, there were some people who did not, for one reason or another, want to stick their fingers in the dial. Women did not want to break their nails; people with mysophobia were afraid to stick their fingers in and get sick; and then there were those people who just thought it would be “cooler” to use something else to dial. Originally, most of these folks used the eraser end of a pencil to dial the telephone. That is, until some genius came up with the idea to make and sell phone dialers."
Came across an extensive collection of Auto Polishing Tins this morning! Amazing how many different brands there were! Guess they needed to keep those classic cars all buffed up - right?
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