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The Pulitzer Prize for packaging goes to…..

March 9th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

… the person who invented sock hangers. The way that socks are packaged and displayed should be held up as a model to the manufacturing industries of the world. A simple extruded bead of plastic in combination with a paper, adhesive-backed label does the job.

And if you think they all look alike, your observation skills need serious polishing.

I was always planning to mount them on a big panel of wine-red velvet, with their date of issue on little brass plaques under each one, and frame them in an ornate gold plastic cornice. No doubt I’d be in MOMA by now if I had. Fact is, I’ve never gotten around to it. Should I “hang on” for that rainy day? Well, considering that I live in Oregon where it rains most days and still haven’t done it, maybe I should let go. Let someone else have the glory.

Some of you might find this even more absurd than collecting pen caps. Go ahead and laugh! I’ve got the whole history of the sock-display industry right in the palms of my hands.

You have to admit, it is kind of fascinating. Notice the different shapes — some of them curving elegantly, others unceremoniously doing the job with blunt utilitarianism.

And honestly, as a method of packaging, how much more efficient can you get? That’s the most important part, in this Golden Age of Shamelessly Wasteful Packaging.

As for the mysterious aspects of collecting in general, I’ll have more to say about that in my next post.


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