Category Archives: Antique Advertising Tins

Tea Tins

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  Tea History With Bins/Tins and More by Mike Reilly      Tea, according to Chinese legend, wasfirst used during the reign of Emperor Shen Nung in about 2737 B.C. Thought to be mainlyof Chinese origin, other peoples of Thailand and Burma may have been cultivating and usingit for as long a time.      Around 800 A.D. tea was introduced toJapan… Read more »

Tennis Ball Tins

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  TENNISBALL TINS   Tennis Ball Tins by Larry Whitaker     The first metal tennis ball cans were made in1926 by Wilson. Before 1926, tennis balls were sold in bags and cardboard boxes.The styleof lid is a very important part of what makes a can desirable or not. U.S.A. CANS      The best cans are those that were made inthe… Read more »

Throat Lozenge Tins – Sucrets

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  Sore Throat or Heart Ache…you decide Plastic will replace trademark tin boxes.     Sucrets’ lozenges alongwith its trademark tin, first appeared in 1932. Since it’s introduction, about 450 millionSucrets tins have been sold. The company (Smith Kline Beecham PLC) estimates that up to athird of them were put to other uses after the lozenges were consumed. After 62 years… Read more »

Tobacco Tins

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  Collecting Tobacco by Mike Reilly      For many tin collectors, tobacco tins are the ultimate tins to acquire. There’s even a name for the tobacco collecting field, Tobacciana.   Why are they so collectible? Well, they usually had superior artwork, with elaborate designs, presented in 10 or more colors at times. They were made in unusual shapes, most popular in… Read more »

Typewriter Tins

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  TYPE WRITER RIBBON TINS and their history by Darryl Rehr      About 125 years ago, a little group of tinkerers headed by Christopher Latham Sholes was putting the finished touches on a machine that they dubbed the “Type Writer.” It placed on a page in a way that was distinctively different than the printers who turned out books and… Read more »

Tindeco Company History

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TINDECO by James A. Shaw     A favorite item in my cigarette packs and tinscollection is a gorgeous 1923 Pall Mall Christmas gift tin made by the Tin DecoratingCompany of Baltimore, or Tindeco for short. The outside red and gold lid pictures holly,while a group of Victorian men in a street scene decorates the inside. The originalcontents are two bright… Read more »

Potato Chip Tins

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POTATO CHIP TINS Above – Entrance to Antique Advertising Tins exhibit at Keller History Museum Introduction to this chapter from Mike Reilly 8/5/98      Hello, I’ve been collecting snack foodtins for the last several years. After getting internet access, I found other collectorswith similar interests. In general these collectors wanted to learn more about the extentof their collecting activities as… Read more »



  Potato Chip Industry History & More Plus Checklists GENERAL HISTORY OF THE POTATO CHIP INDUSTRY BY MIKE REILLY September, 1996 1853 – Indian chef George Crum discovers thepotato chip at Moon’s Place In Saratoga Springs, N.Y.. 1850’s to 1920’s – The “Cracker BarrelEra”. potato chips sold in restaurants, large glass jars, glass and/or sheet metaldisplay boxes. 1861 – First… Read more »

Snack Food Tins & Go-Withs A-F

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  Snack Food Tin & Go-Withs      A reader wrote to me and told me of anobservation he had made about potato chip tins.     In the Midwest states, the tins are for the mostpart, tall. In the Eastern part of the country, the tins are short (and many times muchwider in diameter). I think that this also holds true… Read more »

Snack Food Tins & Go-Withs G thru N

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  Snack Food Tin & Go-Withs G thru N G & G Potato Chip Co Inc,,Cohoes,NY,,,, G.R. Tyler,,Akron,OH,,,, Gatewood,,Floyd Gatewood Food Distributers,,Indianapolis,IN,1lb,,paper label, Geiser’s,Blue Wavy Twin,Geiser’s Potato Chip Co.,,Chicago,IL,8oz,,rect CBB, Geiser’s,Yellow Reg. Twin,Geiser’s Potato Chip Co,,Chicago,IL,8oz,,rect CBB, Geiser’s Popcorn,,Geiser’s,,Milwaukee,WI,12 oz,,, Geiser’s Popcorn,,Geiser’s,,Milwaukee,WI,1.5 lb,,, Geiser’s Popcorn,Mega Size Plastic Bag -blue,Jay’s FoodsL.L.C.,,Chicago,IL,24 oz bag,,plastic bag, Geo. H. Dentler & Son,,Houston,TX,,,, Gibble Pretzels,1976… Read more »