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Old October 12th, 2011, 07:24 AM   #1
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History of food packaging.


I am 75 this week and I am writing something about my boyhood for my children to read if they ever feel so inclined and at the age of 75 I have some gaps.
One of these is that although I remember my mother taking me shopping for the weeks groceries in the mid-1940s I cannot remember a lot about how food stuffs were packed.
Can anyone point me towards any sources?
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Old October 12th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #2

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I have to say, if you don't remember it, it's probably not worth writing down. I think writing about personal experiences should be just that: what we remember of our personal experiences... if you're writing factual information from a website or book, it's not personal and I doubt your children will be very interested in it.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:06 AM   #3
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I cannot agree. The whole shopping experience has changed to the extent than none of my children can remember what it used to be like. Sugar, tea, rice and other dry goods had to be weighed out into brown paper bags. Bacon was sliced in front of you and there was no metalized foil packaging.
Surely there is nothing wrong in looking for something or someone to jog ones memory to help bring something back to life?
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It sounds like you already remember with you mentioning the weighing out of food and slciing bacon in store.

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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:30 AM   #5
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That photograph really brings back memories of some of the really high class grocery shops in the centre of Oxford in the 1940s and of carrying my mothers shopping back home. That sort of shop survived untill the mid 1960s in villages like Steventon Oxfordshire.
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That photograph really brings back memories of some of the really high class grocery shops in the centre of Oxford in the 1940s and of carrying my mothers shopping back home. That sort of shop survived untill the mid 1960s in villages like Steventon Oxfordshire.
It seems strange having your cheese, bacon and butter weighed compared to these days.

My earliest memories are going to the corner shop and asking for 2 ounces of sweets - only a quarter when you were lucky. Also the penny tray, the shop keeper would pull a tray out with a selection of penny sweets and you would pick your own.

I do remember some shops having a bit of a deli counter where you could buy cheese and ham....
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Nothing wrong with using sources to refresh your recollection. I am assuming that you were in the UK. I hope this helps...



Shops in 1940s war-time Britain and the aftermath
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Nothing wrong with using sources to refresh your recollection. I am assuming that you were in the UK. I hope this helps...



Shops in 1940s war-time Britain and the aftermath
Good link, I tried to find him one but I couldn't find anything, and I am in the UK. lol
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Sure, if it's jogs your memory but if you still don't remember something even after looking it up, I wouldn't include it in something like a memoir.

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I do remember some shops having a bit of a deli counter where you could buy cheese and ham....
There was still a deli counter the last time I was at Sainsbury's and in supermarkets when I lived in the US. I prefer to buy from the deli counter than pre-packaged stuff.
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Sure, if it's jogs your memory but if you still don't remember something even after looking it up, I wouldn't include it in something like a memoir.



There was still a deli counter the last time I was at Sainsbury's and in supermarkets when I lived in the US. I prefer to buy from the deli counter than pre-packaged stuff.
I ment in the corner shop, they had a little counter at the back, not something you tend to see in most corner shops these days, probably because it is far easier going to a supermarket and getting it at a good price.
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