Minties 1950’s Truck from Royal Show

Had to share this lil fella with you, he certainly creates some interest in my collection. Distributed by SweetAcres who were a confectionery company in Roseberry NSW. From their factory they produced such iconic brands as Fantales, Jaffas & Throaties, some for Stedman-Henderson who patented Minties.

These plastic trucks were apparently offered out at the royal shows, Melbourne and Sydney especially full of your favourite chewy mints … Minties. He is in good original used condition except for the wheels. The wheels that came on this where white tyres and black rims, I have two of the original ones but you must admit these ones with chrome and black tyre are pimpin!!

This one has a red van and aqua cabin head which screws off so you could get the Minties out, or use it to store toys n stuff. Many of these that I see have the truck colours around the other way. There is a little loop at the front so kids could put a string on it and pull it around.

Many of these brand names were acquired in 1971 by Hoadley Chocolates, who then joined forces and became Rowntree Hoadley, and now unfortunately have been bought out by the global multi national company of Nestle, originally distributors of these brands in the 30’s … See Nestle Peters Logo Blog Here
In my opinion, over time Nestle have destroyed the original character of these Aussie Icons… Peter’s Icecream is a good example. thank goodness this brand name is now back in the hands and ownership of Aussies. (sorry to say, looks like being sold overseas again)

No wonder the stuff of our Aussie born and bred companies is becoming so collectible, it’s a proud past of these many small businesses who grew and created this Lucky Country.

A bit of a rarity these days, you gotta love his smile, it makes you grin!

6 comments to “Minties 1950’s Truck from Royal Show”

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  1. Kym - July 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I have a Minties truck in great condition. After seeing one on this website, I’m not sure if I want to keep it or sell it.

  2. KARINA WILLIAMS - February 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I’m interested in the photos of Tenterfield memorabilia thank you.

  3. KARINA WILLIAMS - February 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks Peter, no not for a project just an old Tenterfield girl feeling
    melancholy. I picked up an old photo of Rouse Street in the 40’s at the markets and was hoping to find one for my brother.

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