Crate washing

Prompted by a comment on the site, where someone was hunting for storage for singles… Just recently I had dug out several old wooden boxes from the back of the garage. These were made by drinks companies to transport small bottles of mixers etc. from factory to pub, and bring the empties back in. Built of pine, record collectors soon realised they were exactly the correct size to carry singles around in. So, despite have a deposit value to the pub of around 50p, they did often go walkies.  You just pulled the wire racking out, scrubbed the inside down and lined with paper, and off you went. Made of pine, built to last and with handles at either end they will go on forever.
Schweppes boxes singles Violet May
The boxes were phased out in the late 70s as plastic took over. Anyhow, I have cleaned a trio up and they look brilliant – bags of character. I remember Sheffield’s premier second hand record shop had loads of them, all neatly labelled, which they would let you look through one at a time. I’ve done the print above which pays homage to both the boxes and the shop (which was named Violet May after the indomitable lady who owned and ran it for decades). This and other prints are on display during Sheffield’s Open Up studio weekend at my ‘studio’. May 4th and 5th. More details and prints can be found here.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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