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I am stuck on a Band-Aid®... [Aug. 24th, 2005|08:47 pm]
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At CVS tonight, I noticed that Band-Aid® brand adhesive bandages is celebrating their 85th anniversary. Now, that's kind of amazing, in and of itself...Band-Aids® are only 85 years old. There were no Band-Aids® the last time the Red Sox won the World Series (before last year, of course). There are people alive who are older than Band-Aids®.

What's so special about this is that the Johnson & Johnson people are celebrating this landmark with four different reproduction metal tins. So of course I bought one. Who doesn't need Band-Aids®? I picked Special Collector Tin #2 of 4, because it seemed the most familiar.

But it's weird. These tins are so flimsy! They're not much better than cardboard. The price sticker was on the front, and it kind of dented when I rubbed the sticky residue off! I have an older tin (from back when they still made tins; they don't anymore, do they?) that I've just been refilling with other Band-Aids® (and sometimes Curads®) for about 10 years because it's, well, metal...and I got it out to see if the boxes have always been this cheap.

They haven't. I'd say the older box is about twice as strong as this new one. Sad. It doesn't really seem a very fitting tribute to the glorious Band-Aid® legend to celebrate it with a cheaply made "historical" box.

[User Picture]From: strangeanimal
2005-08-25 01:20 am (UTC)
I've seen tins occasionally, actually... I also had a college friend who used to keep her weed in a band-aid tin, but that's another story.
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From: orsonzilla
2005-08-25 03:04 am (UTC)
In this day of oil at $60 a barrel, we can expect "shipping weight" to become an even bigger factor than ever before in the price of stuff. The candy bar industry saved a bundle by dropping the cardboard in the wrapper.

I still treasure my Kosher Bazooka Tin with one side sporting the logo in hebraic characters.
The comics inside were in hebrew as well.

I got it right here at the neighbourhood Pharmaprix (Shopper's Drugmart for you Canadians outiside Quebec) during Passover years ago.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-08-25 12:08 pm (UTC)
Of course, I also remember when shampoo came in glass containers...
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[User Picture]From: galacticlibra
2005-08-25 06:15 am (UTC)
wow, i'll have to keep a look out for those at work, I haven't seen those yet..
Now that you mentioned the old tins, I remember them clearly. The older ones were very sturdy. They should have made the anniversary ones like the old tins. But I will keep a look out for them anyway.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-08-25 12:08 pm (UTC)
Like I said, the price sticker was on the front, and it kind of dented when I tried to get it off. Sad.

They had these at my CVS (Porter Square) over on the Pharmacy counter, where you drop off prescriptions.
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[User Picture]From: keevs
2005-08-25 09:17 am (UTC)
Ooer, they were still using tin when I was little, I thought it was neat. Though 85 isn't that special, wait for 100.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-08-25 12:08 pm (UTC)
Hm. Good point...
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[User Picture]From: eryx_uk
2005-08-25 11:39 am (UTC)
How bizarre. Band Aids in collectors tins. The world is a weird place indeed. :)
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From: ruthling
2005-08-25 12:34 pm (UTC)
I'm reminded of the Faith Soloway song about the garage sale where people are holding this art object and wondering what it is, and then realizing "those are bandaid containers!"
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2005-08-25 02:59 pm (UTC)
There are people alive who are older than Band-Aids®.

My Grandpa!! Going to be 91 this November.

Sorry had to share. =)
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[User Picture]From: fionnbharro
2005-08-25 10:22 pm (UTC)
I work for Johnson and Johnson.... and I didn't know we were celebrating anything.
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