Vintage Tin Cans

Old Grocery Tins

In the small grocery section of the Milk Bar you often found canned food, especially fruit n vegetables.

SPC, IXL, Cottees, Tom Piper, Edgells, etc were major canneries in Australia. Then there is some like this one pictured in gallery called “Gold Coaster Beetroot”, that were smaller operable companies back in the 50 -60’s. Commercial canning in Australia has been happening for as long as 70 -100 years… Tin cans actually had tin in them which was later to be found not so good for health reasons.

Here photographed is some samples from my collection…. as you can see the graphics were from a more “innocent” era and were very 2D in comparison to those of today with their more skeuomorphismic  designs, ie: 3D logos that  emulate something from the real world….

Some had paper labels and others were lithographed from around 1890, where both labeling processes have still continued…. today old lithographed tins fetch handsome dollars for a collector, especially if they are in good shape….. please login to see the pictures on this site.

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Page 1st Published : Nov 17, 2014 @ 12:54

Vintage Soft Drinks

Tarax, Cottees, Jusfrute, and many smaller independent bottling companies produced some great brand names and flavours back in the 70’s right here in Australia.

Many country towns had their own bottling factories for fizzy, full of sugar, artificially flavoured carbonated water drinks. I’ve photographed these tin (steel) cans as these are the most unusual, they are made in Oz in the early 70’s (metric) of sturdy steel, not aluminum, and in the days of when gay meant jolly.

Internationally Coca Cola is of course the big winner these days, as is Red Bull and the now very popular “energy” drinks like V, Mother, etc. Marketing this “lolly water” can create big bucks for these companies.

These soft drink companies today incorporate huge prize give aways, their own MX Teams, Sports Teams, Events and the like as a great marketing tool for some sugar water and flavour!!

Seems today everyone wants to drink American brands here in Oz … Why didn’t we have one that became our own Aussie favorite and an icon?
The word “soft drink” is used in Australia for carbonated beverages, Soda or Pop it is commonly named in the US, soft drink simply means without alcohol.

Fanta Bottle | Coca Cola & Fanta Advertising Signs
Solo was originally owned by Tarax, created as a “Pub Squash”

Old IXL Shop Display Cans

IXL Vintage Cans of Fruit H Jones & Company

IXL Vintage Cans of Fruit H Jones & Company Melb

These pictured cans are good example of old shop display tins as these are sealed, with no contents.   Some merchants in a local milk bar would display these items and reach for stock under counter to sell to costumer.

Most are embossed with EXY 22 into top or bottom…….

IXL Vintage Cans of Fruit H Jones & Company

IXL Vintage Cans of Fruit H Jones & Company


IXL was in Hobart & Sydney at one stage, H. Jones & Co Pty Ltd the makers.

  • In 1891, Henry Jones est the company, “H. Jones & Company”.
  • In 1974, Henry Jones IXL merged with Elders = Elders IXL
  • In 1989, Henry Jones IXL was sold to J Schmucker Co  USA.
  • In 2004, Australian food co SPC Ardmona Ltd, bought IXL.
  • In 2005, Coca-Cola Amatil bought SPC Ardmona

INXS the Australian band, had their named derived from brands like IXL’s   “IXL in Everything” slogan

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!

Arnotts Clown Tin

Arnotts Clown Tin

Phreaky looking clown huh? I met a lady at a garage sale and she asked me if I would be interested in buying some old biscuit tins. I got her number and went over to her house the other day and she had some interesting tit bits, including “My Brand” prophylactics (condoms) from Australia in the 30’s.

But, out of the lot is this odd, vintage tin from Arnotts Biscuits, circa 1960’s … Little rust spots only on lid (fair condition), base is great (good condition), and in general ok shape for $1. ..