** TINS of TASTE MUSEUM ** within the NationalBreadMuseum.org
Is the Eiffel Tower your idea of France?
Let's say, it's a beginning :). Built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel and finished in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle, this event celebrated the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. It's 1024' high without the antennas, and around 7 million people visit (that means buy a ticket to go in) a year! Three-fourths of those are foreigners. Who says tourism doesn't pay? :) And that's around 5 million people expanding their education in this world every year, and THAT'S a great benefit for everyone! (After our family got to live in Europe 9 years & travel to over 2 dozen countries, we came back to our house which we rented out & I saw a neighbor from prior years, was talking about our time overseas & going to Paris, & she asked why would we want to go there? I thought, . . . so sad!)
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The standard for measuring tins is 1st - the cover which determines the shape and general size (except the Eiffel Tower tin above which doesn't fit that mold!); 2nd - the height; 3rd - photos of the panels (front/back & ends/sides) beginning with the seam on the left & then turning the tin clockwise, but not showing repeats & noting that's the case; 4th the bottom if there's some information & if there's room in the photo-display strip on the website.
The tins will be in alphabetical order of the manufacturer, with unknowns at the end. If there's a (ToT#xxxx), don't pay attention. It just ended up being that # tin in the inventory & has nothing to do with the date or year of purchase. The following French companies each have 1 or more tins on this page:
B and B Bénédictine Brandy
La Mere Poulard (1888)
Les Gourmandises Des Francais
Maison Peltier (Beekeeper ~ since 1946)
Société DV SAS
La Mere Poulard (1888)
Maison Peltier (Beekeeper ~ since 1946)Le Manoir des Abeilles, Parc du Mont Saint Michel, 50170 Pontorson - France
Importers: Le Panier Francais, 2508 Wisconsin Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515 ~~ Your French Marketplace in the U.S.
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The 1st time I saw this style of "French country" painting was on dinnerware in a German flohmarkt about 1989-90. I bought the few odds & ends (10, 8"& 9" plates for $6.60 with a tea cup & saucer thrown in for good measure!). Twice more I saw a few pieces, & paid $20 for each of a long serving platter 6" x 18", and a large, 9" x 5" square serving bowl. A vendor told me to look for those which didn't have the "dishwasher/ microwave" words because then they would be from before WWII. Because of those dishes, one day I drove to that Obernai area in the Alsace region of France "just to look around." I remember finding one more unusual shape, to me, with a different painting. I just loved the country scenes, & the clothing, & the colors! Then in 1991, during the kids' Easter vacation, we went back into that area & stopped at a Canadian military base to see what different kinds of products they had in their "BX," & there was a room filled with ALLLLLL this dishware, piled up from the floor & filling massive shelves! There had to have been at least 500-or-more pieces, & it came in both white (never saw any of that before) and cream (which is what I had & preferred). If you want an eye-full, put "obernai pottery" in a search bar & look at "images."
And if you want to take a side trip to some amazing medieval French towns (fairytale land come true!), look at the "IMAGES" for Riquewihr and Ribeauville, France. Along with Colmar, a bit south of them, you just might plan a vacation to that Alsace area of France & check out 3 bread museums & a U. S. National Cemetery in that part of the country while you're there :), plus a castle way up on a hilltop, & who knows what else! Also, look for the real, live storks & their nests way up in the tree tops :).
The above 3 tin-cover containers held those small, round, peppermint-type candy beads; only about 2 x 2 3/4 x 3/4.