I’ve been meaning to post these two small items for ages. They came to us with the assorted collection of Daphne Padden design materials which we got earlier this year, but what with them not being flat and all, I’ve only just got round to photographing them.
They’re both designs for Marks and Spencers. This first one was I think a working design.
Although the main image on the pot is printed, there’s a small piece of paper stuck on the back which says 5 ¼oz (150g). Perhaps it’s the start of metric weights requiring a small redesign.
The second is very much the finished article though. It’s a tin, although I can’t say for certain what it ever had in inside, because all it says on the bottom is Marks and Spencers. Most likely tea though.
I particularly love the way that some of the staff are looking out at us as they do their rounds.
The Marks and Spencer archive (which will be opening in a spanking new building in Leeds next year) must have tons more of this kind of thing. Although the company has used some of it recently (if you go into its store cafes, there are large wall panels with a montage of old packaging images, but they’re all cropped and so a bit frustrating),
I think they could do more, like give some of their packaging the Sainsburys treatment. I’d buy it, anyway.
And a final point, my local library is fantastic. In the course of writing this, I thought I’d could do worse than look at the Marks In Time book that came out in 2009. So I ordered it online. Before I’d finished this piece, the email had come through saying that it was waiting for me whenever I wanted to come and get it. Who needs Amazon when you’ve got libraries that good.