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Friday, 3 August 2012

Vintage Egg Carton Find!

It was worth sweltering at a flea market today to find this wonderful, vintage egg carton! ~


Anyone else remember these?  I sure do! ~


I'm not sure if this is the first commercial egg carton, but the Canadian patent date is 1937 - 1939.  They were still using them in the 50's. ~


They were ingeniously designed so that you could split the carton in half if you only wanted 1/2 dozen!  The instructions say to lay the carton face down, against the side of a table, and press. ~


What could possibly beat the twin egg safety carton?  


Buying this little bit of childhood nostalgia is the best thing I've done with $3 in a long while?

I can't wait to show it to Gert and Maude tomorrow!


PS:  I just did a little research and found the egg carton was invented in Canada by a British Columbian newspaper editor, Joseph Coyle, in response to a dispute between a farmer and hotel owner over responsibility for broken eggs.  They were handmade until 1919, when he invented a machine to make them. This design was in use until the 1950's, when H. G. Bennett, of the UK, invented the package we are familiar with today.  The things I learn from blogging!

14 comments:

  1. it's an awesome find, maureen:) i've never seen one of these before. and that bug below--huge!

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  2. Well that sure is a fun find! I have not seen one before. What will you do with it?

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  3. Very cute, don't recall these, but do remember that a farmer would sell eggs door-to-door in our neighborhood in the '70s. Do recall we had milk delivered, too. Miss those days!

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  4. Cute, are you going to put eggs in it and take pictures?

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  5. The is so cool. What will it be used for? Can hardly wait to see what you have in mind.

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  6. You are so funny...every single time...my best $3...you've got me thinking...the first thing that pops in my mind is tiltawhirl tickets at the summer carnival when I was 8!

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  7. Wow, never seen that before....very interesting and I am sure Gert and Maude will ooh and ahh!! ;)

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  8. That is so cool. Nice bit of nostalgia. Hope your chickens are doing well. Deb

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  9. I rememer similar paper cartons but nothing with that cute print on it!

    What a great find!

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  10. What great cartons! I found a couple down in the US that I like, but they aren't as cool as this one!

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  11. I am always looking for older Canadian egg cartons to put on display in our farm museum at Cannamore orchard outside Ottawa, Ontario. If you have one please let me know at info@cannamoreorchard.com Dennis

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  12. I am always looking for older Canadian egg cartons to put on display in our farm museum at Cannamore orchard outside Ottawa, Ontario. If you have one please let me know at info@cannamoreorchard.com Dennis

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