expired household items

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vernacular packaging

I recently stumbled upon an old pepper dispenser that belongs to my grandmother. Apart from being really beautiful (you can see it at the end of this article), what struck me the most is that it expired before I was even born, in 1986. So I started to undertake the task of taking pictures of all the household products that expired before 1988 that I could get my hands on.

expired, not outdated

This collection is so far limited to 10 objects. Alas, I don’t have an expiry date for all of them, either because they are not supposed to have one (dry-rub for shoes don’t have one, for example) or the labels have been printed with cheap inks that don’t last long enough. Usually, though, when these inks faded, it is pretty safe to say that the product is more than 20 or 25 years old.

Anyhow, here is my collection so far. More to come when I find new ones, and, before I forget, hat tip to my friend Max for raving and reminding me how great these look!

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One Response to “expired household items”

  1. Max

    Thanks for sharing them Louis ;) What I like the most is the difference of focus (concerns) in the design of these objects compared to the same products today. I could write a full post about it so, let’s be brief, forget it :P

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