Dating site paint pictures
This process can turn out to be both fun and personally rewarding.The following information can be used to help document the age of your tins.You may need to invest in some good history books, encyclopedias, and old product sales catalogs for reference sources.(Note: In our time of nostalgia advertising- this may not be entirely applicable, but other clues will provide more identification information.) The construction of your tin may also provide clues to its age.Many companies have gone through name changes (ownership, brands, logos, trademarks, mergers) because of growth or merging.Knowing when these events took place and matching them to the name on the tin can help.
I'm going to be guessing here, but I would think that the "Limited Edition" became widely used after the 1970's.
Along the same lines; if you also collect magazines/newspaper ads for these companies/brands, they can date your tin by matching your tin's description to that in the ad.
Many ads have a date on them ( the page they're on or the date of the publication you find them in) and are an excellent reference tool as well as looking great themselves in your collection.
They also found out that you didn't have to apply as thick a coating of paint, ink, or whatever they used to maintain a somewhat durable finish. Copyright (and Patent dates) can be misleading, appearing on the company's products for many years.
A copyright date may appear but the product may not have been actually marketed until the following year or later.You will be fortunate to date your tin right away, most of them will require you to carefully study their appearance both from a structure stand-point and how they are decorated or finished.