This Benson’s candy tin was sold aboard a Queen Mary gift shop probably in the 1940s. I acquired this example in the late 1970s when I was about 10 years old; my first piece of memorabilia ever. It was bought from a dealer who sent lists through the USPS in those days before the internet. I used my meager savings and gave cash to my mother who in turn wrote a check to the dealer. I was very excited to receive it and assumed it was rare. But along came Ebay which offers several examples every single day. There must have been thousands upon thousands sold judging by the frequency with which they show up on Ebay. And in 1993, an identical tin made an appearance in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”. When Morgan Freeman’s character is paroled, he finds the tree in a field which Tim Robbin’s escaped character had instructed him to and pulls the tin up from beneath stones and earth. Inside are directions and cash. The fact that this particular tin was used indicates again that it was once very popular and plentiful. Though it is decidedly not a rare piece, it is cherished because it was my first collectible from the legendary Queen Mary.
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