Museum of Brands

I recently went to an evening event at the Museum of Brandsย ๐ŸŒ, and if you are nearby, definitely go and visit it really is a fun experience. ย It’s in Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove to be exact, and it is a real delight ๐Ÿ˜.

The idea is very simple – displaying consumer products in chronological order, to show how packaging ๐Ÿซ, branding ๐Ÿ’ฏ and advertising ๐Ÿ’Ÿ has changed over the years. It is rather wonderful to see Rolo and Aero chocolate packets ๐Ÿซ from the 1930s, a multitude of quite bizarre cigarette advertising ๐Ÿšฌ, the austere branding during the war years ๐Ÿ“ป, and fizzy drink cans ๐Ÿฑ for which you needed a special implement to open, before the ring pull was invented.

There is also a time tunnel (not a roller coaster type affair ๐ŸŽก, I was hopeful) but just a winding corridor filled with different innovations – starting with the 1910s and ending with today (there is a whole case devoted to One Direction ๐ŸŽค).

My favourite discovery was that up until the 1940s, when writing a postcard ๐Ÿ’Œ, your message had to be on the same side as the image. ย The back was purely reserved for the address.

And maybe the most fun part is discovering brands you know very well that have been around for years. ย Some have changed dramatically – tooth paste ๐Ÿ›€ used to come in round china pots (similar to the size of Gentleman’s relish) – others are almost exactly the same – Lyle’s Golden Syrup ๐Ÿฎ, has hardly changed at all.

I am fairly certain no photography was allowed – but I have included one photo of items that have had their names changed as it rather appealed to me – I remember both Opal Fruit to Starburst ๐Ÿ‹, and Oil of Ulay to Olay ๐Ÿถ.

Do go have a look!

Alice xxx

Fun entrance
Name change

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