Tins & Caddies

During the late 1980s, Vernon Mauris attention was drawn to classical tea caddies. He had nostalgic childhood memories from Sri Lanka, of his older sister saving her monthly allowance in a small tea container (tea caddy). At the beginning of the 20th century, there were no televisions, radios or billboards to advertise a company’s products. Tin containers became obvious advertising agents, not just for tea but also for soap, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, talcum powder, and biscuits. The tins were then creatively used for other purposes after their initial contents had been consumed.