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Vintage OXO tin Graphic Design Award Winner from 1986
This was in my mother's kitchen containing the usual "bits and bobs" and is an award-winner from what was then a yearly School's Graphic Design competition.
The pictures show all age groups enjoying OXO, as gravy, as soup, as a hot drink and as building bricks! OXO, for those of you who did not grow up in the UK, were little cubes of dried concentrated stock, less than an inch big. When I was a child my sister and I squabbled over who would crumble the OXO cube into the gravy for Sunday lunch!
The tin bears scratches and rustmarks, particularly inside, but is in good condition for its age and a fun piece of social history! The lid fits well and isn't distorted.
This tin originally held 48 cubes and is 3 inches (7.5cm) tall, 3.5 inches (9cm) square.
It bears the inscription "Designed by Paul McNicoll, aged 12, Hall Greeen school Birmingham. Oxo Graphic Design Award Winner - his mum must have been so proud! I wonder how many tins his family purchased?
I've been in touch with the school, and they say he was a pupil between 1985 and 1990. The school caters for children between 11 - 16 yrs, which dates the tin to 1986.
I love the pictures - especially the way each little character has its tongue poking out, licking the lips in anticipation of the delicious treat to come! You can see the pencil marks from the original sketches, it's very well "coloured in" and I imagine he's used every colour available!
To avoid confusion, this is just one (I doubt you'd ever find another!) tin, I've put all four sides into one photo.
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