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The history of the biscuit tin and its significance for Läckerli Huus

1841 Globe Huntely Palmers
1870 Small Speciality Huntely Palmers
1910 Kubus André Klein
1916 André Klein savings tin
1920 André Klein Halsfeger tin
1970 Celestino Piatti for André Klein

1822   Thomas Huntley opens a bakery in Reading / England. His baked goods become so popular that he is confronted with the challenge of transporting his delicate goods undamaged to other places as well. His brother, an iron and coppersmith, comes up with a solution: he creates a container made from wood and iron sheet. Later, the iron sheet is coated with tin and thus the tin-plated biscuit tin is born.
 
1841   The business flourishes and in order to keep up with the high demand, Thomas Huntley, together with the engineer George Palmer, automates his business. The biscuits and tins are now produced using machines and over the course of just a few decades the small bakery in Reading has become an industrial empire. The biscuit company Huntley & Palmers is appointed as a purveyor to the British Royal Family and begins to export its baked goods worldwide.
 
1870   Many such tins made by Huntley & Palmers can be found in the Läckerli Huus collection of historical biscuit tins. One of the oldest coloured printed tins is called "Small Speciality".
 
1904   Right from the very beginning, André Klein, the founder of what is today Läckerli Huus, uses decorative tins as packaging for his confectionery specialities, and they also serve as a practical and inexpensive advertising medium.
 
    André Klein soon begins to specialise in the production of Basler Läckerli, as well as a range of other delicacies. This proves to be a great success. After only a few years he builds an automated production facility in the former Sarasin & Heusler cotton mill in Münchenstein.
 
1916   To celebrate the opening of the Loog primary school in Münchenstein, the company André Klein AG presents each pupil with a small filled savings box.
 
1920   Launch of the first filled herbal cough candy in Switzerland under the brand name Halsfeger, packaged in a pocket-sized tin.
 
1950   After the Second World War, tinplate lost its appeal as a packaging material and old tins were thrown away. André Klein’s successor Robert Klein recognised the value of such attractive packagings: the Klein family collected over 2000 biscuit tins from all parts of the world over the course of two generations.
 
1970   Läckerli Huus continues to regard tins as the ideal household container for Basler Läckerli Original as well as packaging for high-quality, attractive gifts. Robert Klein is able to get renowned graphic designers such as Donald Brun and Celestino Piatti, as well as other artists to design biscuit tins and papier-mâché eggs.

 
   

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