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28 Jan 2022
updated 28 Jan 2022

A Christmas Present

I've just (21 Nov 2017) received from Bob Moss what is effectively a time-capsule that his wife noticed, quite by chance, in a roll of apparently scrap brown paper, during her annual preparation of the family Christmas cake.

He recounts that every Christmas his wife puts brown paper round the outside of her Christmas cake tin, using an old roll of paper which was left behind by his aunt when she died in 2003. The roll is a combination of brown paper and plastic – his wife has to separate the two. This year she happened to note inside some instructions for using the paper/plastic to cover books – how to tailor your jackets from the roll using "Takibak". There is also a price-list with prices in pounds, shillings and pence.

And we're fortunate that he has forwarded the images of this serendipitous discovery, as you can appreciate below.

Not least of the many reasons for G Blunt & Sons' success was of course their genius for innovation in every aspect of their business, and I'm very grateful to Bob and his wife for this fresh evidence.

Please also note that the trade-name Takibak now seems to be used by another company for a very different product.