I love chatting to people who aren’t aware that these vintage printer’s trays are literally the trays that printers used to store their printing blocks with which they produced newspapers, books, pamphlets etc – it always comes as such a nice surprise to them! In fact if you want to find out more about the printing process there’s a great No Such Thing as a Fish podcast that talks about printing back in the day when these trays were actually in use.
Today of course, we use them for displaying objets, mostly kid related, although some grown-ups have been known to proudly display their collections in these rather charming trays. Some of the collectibles displayed are often more valuable than the printer’s trays themselves, like the really interesting 1960s Disneykin toy soldier that we’re selling with one of our trays today – quite a serious collectible, he sells for around R500 on eBay – as I said, more than the price of our printer’s trays!
Please note: Overall the printer’s trays are in good condition, but there is some wear to the wooden dividers that separate the printer’s ‘blocks’ – see photos. Please also pay attention to the dimensions of the toy soldier – he’s really tiny!
Dimensions: Each printer’s tray measures 82cm long x 42cm wide x 3.5cm deep; Disneykin toy soldier (in box) – 5.5cm tall x 2.5cm wide x 1.5cm deep