got my idea for this project by simply exploring the museum. When I was
around in the attic, basement, and shed, I found that the
objects were the tins.
Tins were, and are, common household
us catch a glimpse of what life would
have been like for people decades
To me, the painted words and pictures on the tins are what
make them most
and revealing of an earlier era. For example, this
tin exhibit contains
which once held coffee, tea,
and tobacco, which are still commonly used
today, and typewriter ribbons, which are not very
common today. I also
some bottles and other household items, such as a cleaning powder
straw hats, and a bottle which once contained medical opium!
Just as I do today, people decades ago kept collections of small objects
While organizing this exhibit, I found nails, matches, earrings,
glass jewels contained
in the tins.
Today, not very many of our goods are packaged in tins. Cardboard and
become more common. While anyone my age will remember
came in tins,
now the only item we buy in tins are breath mints.