Coronation crisp packet

Description
First made by Frank Smith and his wife in the early 1920s, salted crisps were marketed to pubs as they encouraged customers to drink more. Smith’s were the first to add salt to the bag, usually in a twist of blue paper.

Even though production was mechanised, Smith’s crisps were still sold in a greaseproof paper bag by 1953, when this Coronation edition was produced, announcing the product as ‘a Crowning Success’.

The crisps sold for 3d a packet, about 40p today.
Accession Loan No.
2/2022/1
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
Coronation crisp packet
Simple Name
crisp packet
Full Name
Product packaging. Smith’s crisp packet commemorating the 1953 coronation
Production Person Surname
Smiths
Period Classification
Modern (1945-)
Production Date
1953
Production Town
Brentford
Production County
Middlesex
Family Group

Material
greaseproof paper
Function Detail
Commemorative food product packaging
Inscription / Transcription
A CROWNING SUCCESS SMITH’S POTATO CRISPS WITH SALT 3D [Threepence] INGREDIENTS POTATOES AND EDIBLE VEGETABLE OIL, NET WEIGHT-14 DRAMS J.D.; LONG LIVE THE QUEEN CORONATION 1953 SMITH’S POTATO CRISPS LTD. HEAD OFFICE BRENTFORD MIDDLESEX

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