Opie, R. The Wartime Scrapbook, 1998

Robert Opie maintains an unrivalled collection of advertising and packaging memorabilia, and many of his pieces from the Second World War are showcased in this scrapbook. There's a little bit of everything in the book: posters, packaging, booklets, gas masks, badges, jars, magazines, etc. There are little scraps of information dotted around on each page to explain the significance of some of the objects, but largely the objects are left to speak for themselves. A…

Waste Not, Want Not: The Museum of Brands and Packaging

The Robert Opie Collection I have always enjoyed looking at Robert Opie's collection of material, although I was unable to make use of it in my PhD, I definitely referred to it in a module I taught on 'Advertising and Branding' for Media Studies a few years ago, and have just surfed to see if collection is now more accessible, which it clearly now is. Robert Opie started collecting emphemeral material (especially packaging) at the…