While the flat product tins of the 1920s were ideal for people taking BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages with them on their travels, it was the advent of the rectangular vertical tins in the 1930s that led this distinctive package to become part of people’s families for generations: once the product inside was used, the beautifully decorated tin container was perfect for storing small household items – buttons and pins in sewing kits, nails, screws and washers in workshops, and marbles, baseball cards and other small toys and collectibles in children’s rooms. Over the decades, the tins themselves became collectibles.
The earliest upright tins in the 1930s had a lid that slid open horizontally, before the brand switched to the more familiar hinged lid. These tins feature one of the most beautiful package designs in the product’s long history. Each product innovation was packaged in a tin with a variation on the 1930s design, each instantly recognizable to consumers. If you have an old BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages tin with one of these distinctive basketweave designs, it’s from the 1930s to circa 1940.
Three BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages vintage tins from the 1930s, among the most distinctive and beautiful of the historic tins.
Image courtesy: Johnson & Johnson Archives