Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vintage Tins

I am fascinated with tiny tins. I love that Altoids mints come in little tins. Other than that, I can't really think of anything else that comes in a small tin these days, can you?

Years ago lots of things came in tins. Now it's mostly paper or cardboard boxes, or even just plastic wrappers. I wonder if there was a time when it was cheaper to make a tin out of, well, tin, than it was to make a cardboard box? I wouldn't think so, but I wonder why they did use tins more in the past?

I have a small collection of funny little vintage tins. They were (and are) very handy for "repurposing" which is, I'm sure, why these are still around.
The Doans Pills tin belonged to my grandparents. It seems they kept matches in it.

The two square tins were typewriter ribbon tins, and the round one was Scotch tape. A friend gave these to me. The Scotch tape tin had straight pins in it. I think the square ones were empty when I got them. Probably just waiting for some practical use to come along.
What tiny tins do you remember?

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10 comments:

Coloradolady said...

Karla, the tin for the scotch tape is so cute! I have never seen one like that before, my husband has a few small tins like these with some old bottles, I will have to check them out and see what he has. Thanks for sharing this with us today!

Smilingsal said...

I remember the band-aids in a metal box with a lift-up lid. Thanks for sharing. Happy VTT Day.

Susan said...

Many baking supplies came in tins like baking powder, baking soda, spices, cocoa. I used to collect but it got to big and I gave it away. I did keep a few with memories.

Denise said...

So neat! I'd forgotten about typewriter ribbon tins. Everything's so disposable anymore, isn't it? Thanks for taking the time to share a neat post.

gin said...

Those are great to remember. I remember the band aid tins and the doan's pills you are showing. And the sucrets lozenges tin.

Emily said...

What a great collection! They are so neat!!

marian said...

I collect tins in all shapes & sizes and i've got a few teeny ones eg log cabin tobacco tins; rexona ointment tin; HMV phonogram needles tin, just to name a few...they're great fun to collect :)

Laura said...

Rachelle got a really neat one with Wrigley's gum in it for Christmas. Canda found it for her. So cute.

Patty said...

I was thinking about Sucrets and also Band-Aids. I have a Hello Kitty tin that came with candy in it and also a round tin that had mints in it that I got from Trader Joes so there are still a few things that still come in tins. But I wish all the old ones were still around.

Miri said...

Great post-the Scotch tape tin is so cute. Glad I stopped by late!