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Plastic Bread Tags

Posted by Big Boo on October 24th, 2008

In my post on Pencil Toppers earlier this week I mentioned how they were quite a collectable item, which reminded me of something that I used to collect for a short time as a child, before I realised that there wasn’t a great deal of variation in the items I was collecting.  The items in question, dear reader, were Plastic Bread Tags.

Plastic Bread Tags were those little square pieces of plastic that used to be put on loaves of bread to keep the packet closed.  These days bread companies tend to use those annoying little pieces of bent over sticky tape, which are sometimes awkward to open initially, and tend to lose their stickiness after being opened and closed a few times.  The Plastic Bread Tag was infinitely superior.  Simply wind the top of the bag round to narrow it enough so that the hole in the tag could fit around it, and your bread was kept nice and fresh and instantly obtainable.

I remember starting to collect these for a while when I was little, but ultimately got fed up after collecting about 30 or so when I realised Mum always bought the same brand of bread on the same day, so there was little variation in the tags I collected.  The colour of the tag often used to indicate the day on which the bread was baked, and I remember Mum having a little list that she kept in her purse showing which colour equated to which day.

This may seem a strange thing to collect, but I’m not the only one to have done it.  Somebody with far more staying power than be, going by the name of Transactoid, has collected over 600 of the things, and has documented his or her Bread Tag collection on the Internet with absurd accuracy!  The picture accompanying this post was pinched off Transactoid’s web page (hope you don’t mind, mate) and there’s stacks more “fascinating” facts about the design of bread tags on there too.  Thanks also to Peter Marquis-Kyle for publishing the link on his website in the first place!