Vintage English laundry / linen transport box, c.1950s. Boxes were the property of the local laundry service advertised on the lid, and this one came from “The Royal Windsor Laundry”, a family-run business by “W. H. Groves & Family Ltd”. Added onto the lid were instructions on the packing and labeling of dry cleaning separately. These were loaned to individual customers that would drop-off and collect, or take delivery of their laundered goods in these boxes.
The box features pictorial-printed advertising, but the overall design of the box is very utilitarian, and typical of English post-war austerity. Added onto the sides, is a stenciled serial number, and a pictorial symbol (club or bottle). Inside is an adhered label that guarantees the box’s durability for two years from July, 1954. It is constructed from hard board, and the corners are reinforced with hard plastic and rivets: The box fastens with an attached belt-strap.
The box is sturdy and comes in clean condition. It shows a normal degree of expected wear. Stack and use for storage, and / or incorporate as a vintage industrial-design element.
Size: 22” x 12”. Height is 6”.