Winsor & Newton; printed packaging reflect historical changes

A friend was using paints, and told me he was using the same boxes his grandpa had used to keep his paints in. I love a bit of printed ephemera, and the printing, colour and typography on these immediately grabbed my attention, so I took some pics:

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I love how the labels on the two different boxes show different time periods, reflected by the horse and carriage on the road outside the factory (top box) being replaced by a car! Note the additional chimneys in the later one too (bottom box).

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We figured his grandpa had used these paints in about the 20s, which makes sense in terms of the dates of the North London Colour Works (Windsor & Newton’s factories in Kentish Town). They moved from their premises in Kings Cross and Blackfriars to this bespoke steam-powered factory in 1844, and stayed there until 1938 when they moved both manufacturing and offices to Wealdstone.

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Find out more about Winsor & Newton’s history

2 Responses

  1. Adriana Dixon says:

    Hi there,
    I have a couple of boxes of paint very similar to yours. (The top is identical) One box is of Viridian No. 2 size tubes and the other is Cinnabar green No. 4 size tubes. I was wondering if they are of any value?

    Thank you,
    Adriana

  2. goldtop says:

    I’ve no idea Adriana, I was just interested in how they look and how they reflected the history of the company.

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