Soviet time chefs and housewives books kindly share tips and suggestions for modern kitchen furnishing: above all it should be practical, good-looking and simple. All utensils, vessels, machinery and food had to be placed on the shelves and cabinets in “size and gloss” order :). Keeping required order and handsomeness was helped nicely by Estonian factory “Norma” charming painted tin boxes. First boxes were manufactured already in 1930s and since belonged for many decades to almost every kitchen interior.
Boxes in various designs, colors, sizes and purpose appeared to sale. For instance, on the 1950s choice were beige and mustard-yellow boxes with painted buildings from Tallinn`s Old Town on the front, and the name of the condiment.
Probably most reminiscent of the childhood kitchen is the series of red polka dot tin boxes. The oldest boxes were red with white polka dots and a lid, boxes with silver and golden polka dots and covers were manufactured later, on the 70s and 80s.
Lately the old time things have become extremely popular, which is why the tin boxes are selling fine and exemplars in good order are already scarce to find. Unquestionably, these nostalgic boxes are a beautiful design element, an eye-catcher and good memories awakener. Some has one, some has several – but some with particular luck has the whole set. I am, too, among the last group, whose kitchen shelf is enthroned by the set of gorgeous polka dot boxes.
Tin boxes from the 1980s: