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The packaging for these two tins dates from the 1930s. The difference between them and modern day labelling is striking; no barcode, 'best before' date, or nutritional information.
These replica labels can be enlarged and printed out to fit modern tins.
In the 1930s tinned fruit was an expensive luxury item which might be served for Sunday high tea. It was sold in can sizes '1' or '2½' rather than by a specified weight or volume. In 1935 a '2½' (large) can of pears cost 10½d, which would equate to about £1.15 in today's money.
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