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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Miss_Bella_Hell, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Miss_Bella_Hell

    Miss_Bella_Hell My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Here and there I've seen posts about makeup with cute vintage packaging, but what about household products, bath products, cleaning stuff, or other types of items we use every day?

    I use J.R. Watkins (http://www.jrwatkins.com) on my dishes (it's also 100% natural and organic as a bonus). I usually buy it at Target. I also just washed a slip in it! Hopefully it comes out ok...
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    They also sell herbs and beauty products!
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    Also at my local target, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products.

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    Share your fun vintagely packaged products here!
     
  2. I love the Mrs. Meyers products. I use the Geranium liquid hand soap and it smells wonderful, lathers up nicely and doesn't leave my hands dry.

    The vintage feel to the labels is a plus :)
     
  3. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

    Another vote for the Mrs. Meyers line. We use those at home and like them very much.
     
  4. Paisley

    Paisley I'll Lock Up

  5. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    This is a great thread for the Golden Era Forum.

    Im personally seeing more old products reissued in their old packages.

    I recently saw Crayola reissue their 30s box style. I would have gotten it, but the crayons are too cheap to do anything with.

    LD
     
  6. Miss_Bella_Hell

    Miss_Bella_Hell My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Yeah, I wasn't sure where to put it. Feel free to move it over, LD!
     
  7. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Oh, I will ;)
    Muhahahahaaaa!

    LD
     
  8. This thread has me thinking :)

    I had to go to a 1st birthday party for a friend's little boy, and not being sure what baby's like, I did find something I figured he'd like and I knew his vintage loving parents would appreciate.

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    Of course, back 50 years ago you got WAY more pieces ;)

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    The Fisher-Price folks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Little People line by re-issuing some sets of toys. We picked up the Farm set and it's adorable (and affordable!)

    Just as an aside, he also got a pair of tiny little black and white Converse hi-tops to wear. Those were ADORABLE!
     
  9. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Im gonna be a kill joy.

    We think its awesome that a lot of this stuff we see, reissue of classic and vintage toys, images and products are awesome and nostalgic, but in reality, a lot of companies (Seam Boat Willie's Mickey Mouse comes into mind as the 'new' logo for Disney Studios) do it so their product's copyright can be renewed, and so the images and/or product likenesses wont fall into public domain. Im totally sure we will see more and more in the near future.

    Okay, lets make this thread happy again! :D

    LD
     
  10. I don't think it's kill joy of you, it's a good and valuable point. But, i also like that reissues of newer and hopefully safer retro-styled toys are available for kids to chew on and slobber all over and not be in danger of older paints/products used. And especially to keep the original toys safe and sound for collecting.
     
  11. Miss_Bella_Hell

    Miss_Bella_Hell My Mail is Forwarded Here

    :eek:fftopic: I wasn't aware that Steamboat Willie was the new logo. Hm, interesting. My understanding, though, is that if something has fallen into the public domain, it's open season. Maybe you won't be able to use the "new" logo exactly, but Steamboat Willi himself you could.

    Though I don't think he's fallen into the public domain yet. :eek:fftopic:
     
  12. The Shirt

    The Shirt Practically Family

    I think of Soap and Glory (although kitschy - it's eye catching). 10 Cane Rum is a reminiscent era design. I think there were quite a few newer brands that were nice eye candy the last time I stopped in a liquor store (Knob Creek comes to mind). My friend helped design the Mrs. Meyers packaging. She is fantastic with retro feeling product design and she walks the walk too.

    Apparently General Mills is re-issueing some "vintage boxes". http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2009/02/general-mills-retro-cereal-boxes.html
     
  13. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    I remember seeing the Kix cereal box in target some time back, The Shirt. I was totally gonna get it, but eh. Cool link.

    As far as Willie, Bella I think he had a few years left. I remember reading an article a few years back, talking about if Willie passes into public domain, then he would set a precedent on content from a major motion picture company.

    Like THAT was gonna happen lol!

    This isnt that article, but it'll give you an idea of what happed to the laws. Im sure Lizzie knows TONS about this topic.


    LD
     
  14. One thing to keep in mind too is the difference between a copyright and a trademark. While copyright, theoretically, is supposed to be finite (although as LD suggests, certain corporate interests seem bound and determined to prevent that from happening), characters and logos are also protected by trademark law -- and a trademark registration doesn't ever lapse as long as the owner keeps using it.

    So what you could end up with is a situation where, say, the film "Steamboat Willie" was in the public domain, but the character of Mickey Mouse is still locked up tight as a trademark. The copyright lawyers might not be able to do anything about free distribution of the film in such circumstances, but the trademark attorneys certainly could certainly crack down on anyone putting a picture of Mickey Mouse on a T-shirt without a license. So I do think the Disney folks have been getting all worked up about very little, really.

    There *is* at least one Mickey Mouse short in the public domain, by the way, a 1933 cartoon called "The Mad Doctor," which slipped thru the cracks before the law was changed and has been floating around on bootleg 16mm prints and video tapes and DVDs ever since. There are other famous properties where this situation exists -- for example, due to sloppy paperwork by Paramount in the early forties, *all* of the Fleischer "Superman" cartoons are public domain -- even though Superman himself is still tied up tight under all sorts of different copyrights and trademarks.

    Meanwhile, getting back to vintage style packaging -- my favorite white shoe polish, Sani White, still comes in a 1940s-vintage box with a jaunty nurse on one side and a soppy-looking baby on the other. Best stuff in the world for putting a shine on saddle shoes, and it looks period-correct sitting on the shelf!

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  15. Miss_Bella_Hell

    Miss_Bella_Hell My Mail is Forwarded Here

    There, my friend, is the reason for all the scurrying. ;)
     
  16. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    I know they have been mentioned. Saw these at Target a few weeks ago. Just found the pic on my phone.

    LD
     
  17. I need some Kix
     
  18. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    They are kid tested, so you should be fine :)

    LD
     
  19. Coralee

    Coralee New in Town

    Bought this for cleaning my book cases. It really does freshen wonderfully.

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  20. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Wish my borax box looked like that.

    *works GREAT for getting coffee stains out of my coffee cups*

    LD
     

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