That was fun to take a look back at those! Blue Riband boxes are quite rare. We see a number of pipes but I can't even say I've seen one come with a box or bag. Neill was looking for BR boxes earlier this year for the Chicago show, but I don't believe he came up with any.
I was fortunate to find a Kaywoodie Churchwarden last year that came with the box, bag and paperwork.
yo mlc - I missed your initial fabulous thread a year ago, but now have redressed my error. I have many of the pipe brands in my estates, but only now am seeing what kind of boxes they originally came in. Good show!!
Great pipe porn, or is it pipe merchandising/packaging porn? Modern day pipe makers and manufacturers should take a page from this nostalgic peek back into a bygone era and reproduce this old style of packaging. Today your darn lucky to get a half decent sock with most pipes (which I find ridiculous) and there's the eye appeal with the box graphics, manufacturers story, etc. I don't know if there's research done on this sort of thing in marketing but if it's being overlooked, it's foolish IMO. It's like the increasingly rare occasion when I get to walk into a really old general store or hardware store that has really old stock on display, I gravitate right to it.