Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Krispy Kan

Krispy Kan Life May 22 1950
Life, May 22, 1950
I really like vintage tins and kitchen oddities, and sometimes the way I find out about them is through old ads. Someday I will have a kitchen full of wonderful retro stuff. The tin measuring cups and spoons I have from the 50s work better than any other I've had. Same goes for the old porcelain mixing bowls that were my mother's. And her wooden spoons always mix things perfectly.

Now I just need to stop wasting all those saltines and Ritz crackers, apparently. I need a little Blue Magic in my life (and my kitchen).

Just check out the magnificent Krispy Kan over on your left. Which I want! How could you not want this gorgeously cheesy canister (thus perfect for crackers)? It has a Magic Knob that absorbs moisture, so your saltines will be crunchy. It has a Beautiful Design of cracker flowers, thus visually reminding you what is inside! And it has many tiny cartoon ladies extolling its virtues. Perfect.

And you can see the Krispy Kan here at The Hunt For Vintage, at Davey's Vintage and at GoAntiques. It came in a variety of lovely colors - blue, red and yellowish, at least, from the look of these.

11 comments:

FreshHell said...

I love it for its "beautiful design" above all else.

vanilla said...

We have some 'vintage' cracker tins; but now I want this one!

Tori Lennox said...

I love vintage tins!

Staci said...

I'm kind of curious how a knob can absorb moisture and not end up a moldy mess itself.

I have a few M&M tin cans I've saved, but I doubt they'll be worth anything for another 50 years, but I still like them. I use them as coupon organizers.

On a different note, I've given you the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog. Congrats!

Kath Lockett said...

I can think of so many other, perhaps more popular, uses for a Magic Knob but must stop now before my head explodes as my repressed Benny Hill leaps out...

Bill said...

I would love to know more about the workings of this mysterious Magic Knob. The directions are inside the lid. Now, if I can only get one of those tiny ladies to take a peek inside...

Marcheline said...

It looks like the knob is filled with bran cereal. Well, I put uncooked rice in my salt shaker to keep it dry, and that works. Who's to say a little bran cereal wouldn't keep your crackers regular too?

8-)

Dee said...

I was fascinated by this ad, and now thanks to Ebay, I am the proud owner of one of these cans. The knob is filled with some kind of blue crystals that change color when they absorb moisture. You then put the knob in the oven to dry them out again. Haven't tried it yet to see if it works. It is cute, though.

Amypendragon said...

We had the black version when I was little and an uncle has the red one. I had always hoped the tin would come to me when the family were done with it but sadly it was given to a charity shop during a move. When I found Ebay I began collecting them, then I found them on Etsy and gained a few more.
As a kid I was fascinated with the biscuit and pretzel pictures on the cans and the magic knob always worked perfectly to keep the biscuits dry and fresh.
I now have many of these in a variety of colours: blue/black/red/aqua/yellow/cream. I even bought my brother some as he missed the old black one too. I was lucky enough to find a nesting set of red ones in three different sizes.
I will pass them on to my children when the time comes.

Peter said...

I think these biscuit tins are great and work better than a plastic of glass jars. My parents had a red tin and my brother and sister joked on who would get this tin when they passed away. Lucky for me i found one at a trash and treasure market in goog condition for $20. What a bargain!
It is very interesting the history on the manufacturer T B guest & Co

Silvercat said...

I have two of them - red ones. They really do work, but you have to bake the knob fairly often.

It's some sort of desiccant probably.