Friday, 5 March 2010

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

Yesterday I had a little trip to a wonderful museum, hidden away in a mews around the back of Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill in London. Based around and owned by Robert Opie, it is the most amazing collection. If you are ever in the area, it is well worth a visit. You could tie it into a visit to Portobello road market which is on Saturday morning, get there early before the crowds. For more information see the website below.

The first part is all in date order, special cabinets showing Boer, WWI and WWII, the arrival of radio, etc.. the second half is themed by brands or type of product, like sweets and biscuits.

Not only does it have a wonderful selection of advertisements, packets, tins, etc. It also has a lot of character items, toys, dolls and teddy bears. Here are some of the items I found most interesting, there was a lot more, sorry about the poor quality of the photographs.

Here you see a lovely, strange looking velvet dog, next to a Tubby.

Also some Dean's toys including Brumus and Ivy, Arthur Askey, Lupino Lane and Mickey Mouse.

There is also a great Churchill doll, I am not sure of the maker of this, but I suspect it's Farnell. He is next to a lovely girl doll in her uniform.

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