JosÃ© Heraud drew my attention to this recent eBay auction of a Crawfordâ€™s Biscuits Van, 3rd type, and wondered if this information would be useful for the DTCA documentation. The winning bid was GBP 405.00. The van is a treasure itself, but the circumstance this one is presented in is really a surprise (anyway, for me). I will quote the explanatory text of the seller, followed by some images, which I resized and improved a little bit:
"This is a vintage biscuit tin from Crawford's Biscuits, originally for samples/display in the late 1940's, marked Liverpool.
I collect old packaging from the 40's and 50's for graphic design reference but need to have a sort of the ones I no longer need. This has been stored away in a box under the bed for over 10 years now so time to say goodbye.
The tin measures approx 23 cm long by 11 cm wide by 6 cm deep. It has a paper covered design, marked on the sides 'CRAWFORD'S DELIGHTFUL BISCUITS'. The base printing is faded but is marked 'SAMPLES' and 'ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR GENERAL USE ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR UNIFORM QUALITY AND GENERAL EXCELLENCE'. The top of the tin has a printed price list for 'CRAWFORD'S ICE WAFERS, CUPS, CORNETS & CONES'.
Possible for shop display as inside are a card box section and divider which hold a small brass badge in the shape of a ship marked 'CRAWFORD'S BISCUITS' and a small toy red delivery van, also with 'CRAWFORD'S BISCUITS' logos on both sides. Inside casting of van is marked 'DINKY TOYS MADE IN ENGLAND MECCANO LTD'. Both are in quite good condition; the brass badge is complete and unbroken, with pin/clasp at back. Has age related patina but would clean up very nicely. Toy van has a few paint chips and very very slight wear to small parts of logo, light rusting on wheel axles; but overall very nice. I don't think it was used as a child's toy. Both Meccano and Crawford's were based in Liverpool at this time.
The card inserts are rather worn and grubby and I think there might have been an extra divider as the remaining one doesn't quite cover all the tin inside. Not sure how it would have sat originally. The box section that holds the badge and toy is typefaced 'CRAWFORD'S SAMPLES, DELIGHTFUL BISCUITS, BADGE, DELIVERY VAN. One of the most curious things about this packaging is that the underside of the box section is sewn/stitched together (as in last photo). We can't work out how they could have done this either by machine or hand!"
N.B.: remarkable that this example isn't pre-war, but a ridged hubs post-war issue, without loudspeaker bae inside the roof, so 1946/47!
Kind regards, Jan