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Okay now we have an advertising collectibles booth, been open a few hours and we don't have any members.

I went and borrowed a little from one of my web pages to get the ball rolling.

I've always had an interest in old general stores, hardware stores etc. and wish that I had gotten my act together years ago to recreate an old general store, but well I didn't. But I do have a small collection of advertising tins and old kitchenware scattered about the house. So I guess I sorta got my wish in a smaller scale.

Advertising tins have been around for hundreds of years. Made to hold items like coffee, candy, tobacco and many other items. They also come in many sizes, I think the smallest I've every had was a Bell-ans for Indigestion, Vest pocket tin. 3/4 x 1" in size. Advertisng tins were also made in many different shapes. Cigarettes came in rectangular shaped tins, many tea tins are square. Figural tins in numerous shapes, everything from animals to cars, are hard to come across.

Coffee tins are also a nice colorful collectible and great to hold things, Band-Aid tins are also pretty neat. Maybe you have an old printers tray, many small advertising tins are available to fill it. Collectible medicine and other drugstore related tins are also very interesting. Some of the harder tins to find are the one that old razors came in, the earlier oyster tins are also tough to come by. Vintage advertising tins can run from a couple of dollars up to thousands for some of the rarest tins. Just recently an Austin Powder Co. Blasting Cap tin sold for over $10,000 at auction.

Advertising tins, because of their original use, often have scratches, dents, even a little rust, so don't let a few imperfections scare you off. But like most collectibles the nicer they are the more desirable. Many of the more recent tins are also collectible, more for the look than the value. But beware of repos of the older tins. Actually the newer type tins are collectible but are priced accordingly.

Maybe you would be interested in creating a small version of a general store, drugstore, hardware store in a corner of the house, a spare room, basement or garage. It can be done and you can control the size, of course it will out grown the space if you really get into it.

Okay, see ya in the morning.
Country Joe

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I love old tins! Hmmm, and as I start my response, I just reread your last paragragh. I try to incorporate items according to the most logical room for them to be and it's part of the decor.

I have a thing for ordinary, everyday iconic products.My intrigue is to see how far back the product goes and I grab old magazines all the time just to see the ads.
Part II of my Collecting Vintage Advertising Collectibles page.

A few types of interesting vintage advertising tins and containers you can collect.

Small sizes such as automotive fuse tins, asprin tins, rouge tins, old bird and fish food tins, spice and mustard tins, typewriter ribbon tins, medicine and drugstore tins, talc tins, tobacco tins, nut tins, baking powder tins, peanut butter pails, lighter fluid cans, those little 4 oz. handy oil cans, like 3-1 oil, Singer Sewing machine oil, Esso and others. How about shoe polish cans, band aid tins and other household items. Did you know that many antique razors came in tins? Beers cans and soda cans are interesting and can branch out to other related collections.

Medium size would be coffee and tins, candy and other food tins, oil cans, cracker tins and larger tins such as oyster tins, lard tins and pails, pretzel and chips tins. This list could probably go on forever, but you get the idea.

Other neat advertising collectibles are, milk bottle caps, ashtrays, advertising mechanical pencils, advertising pens, old blotters, old wooden advertising hangers, beer coasters, advertising beer can and bottle openers, rulers and yardsticks, old button hooks, bottles, lots of different cardboard and wooden boxes, advertising banks, calendars, tobacco advertising, old telephone dialers, old cardboard advertising fans, thermometers and signs, gas oil and service station advertising. Railroad stuff is also pretty neat, actually a line of it's own.

Oh, did I mention advertising matchbooks or cigarette lighters? Also restaurant china advertising hotels, railroads, or steamships, but some of these can get pricey. Planters Peanut items, which can be a collection of its own. Actually the list is sort of endless.

See ya, CountryJoe
Collectible Advertising Tins

"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."

Here's a few interesting tins etc. that are on the front porch (porch closed in). Coffee tins are a very popular item to collect. Not real big, a zillion different brands and prices are still within reason for most. Oh, and they still pop up at estate sales, yard sales etc. Check the garage and basement, lots of them are full of nails etc.


See ya, Country Joe
Vintage Collectibles, Antiques
Come on, lets have some pictures of stuff to collect.

See ya, Country Joe

Hey where did everybody go?
Here's a few more types advertising items to collect. Automotive related, shoe polishes, medicine related and a few general categories, sorta general store stuff.


See ya, Country Joe
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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?

Click HERE to see.

Sorry for not being around here for a few days, busy with my consignment auction on Saturday and then catching up on other stuff. Bought a bunch of spice tins, one tray full shown below. Plus there was another tray full and misc. candy tins and other stuff. Now I have to clean them up and start adding to the inventory.


Anybody picking up anything recently ?

See ya, Country Joe
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Country Joe's Blog
Ok got a question, I usually pretty good at tracking things down online but this has eluded me. Dating old spice tins Ann Page, Durkee's, French's etc. , when did they start using the plastic tops? Separating the no zip code and zip coded tins is roughly the mid 1960's.

See ya, Country Joe
Okay I organized those spice tins and added them to the shop.

Here are some of the tins and boxes, a little more organized this photo.


See ya, Country Joe
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Hi, I just bought a few McCormick spice tins, and one was Pumpkin Pie Spice....it had never been opened! It is the metal topped tin with a price of 25cents stamped on the bottom. No zip code, so that makes it mid 1960's ????? I couldn't really see anywhere where McCormick has anything on their site about old tins of spices, other than not using them! Odd that a company that old wouldn't have a catagory for collecting their product....I am glad I found this group...for some reason I love these old spice tins!

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