Thursday, July 14, 2011
COLLECTION #10: Kitchen Cartons
Everything in this small collection is made of cardboard: an old milk carton, butter carton, ice cream carton. Egg cartons, some gelatin, and of course, a cute ice cream sundae cut-out from a diner or ice cream parlor. I just love the graphics, my favorite is the egg carton on the left. (I'm not sure that the ice bag fits into the kitchen category, but perhaps after a day of work in the kitchen, the housewife of the 30s or 40s needed an icebag for her aching head!)
The Chase's ice cream carton came from the original Chase's ice cream factory in Provo Utah. I have no idea when they ceased operation, but in the mid-70s my friend Marvin Payne rented space for a music studio in the old Chase building on South University. They found dozens of unused ice cream cartons, and of course, I had to have one. I've seen many of them since, in antique malls and flea markets. I like the fact that mine came from the original source.