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(Note: In our time of nostalgia advertising- this may not be entirely applicable, but other clues will provide more identification information.) The construction of your tin may also provide clues to its age.

In the 1930's/40's tins were constructed of rather thick steel sheet.

war slogans-BUY Bonds), etc., to other known advertising items.

Advertisers tended to use the most modern fashions on their labels.

There are some exceptions to this; images of Abe Lincoln and Ben Franklin have endured for hundreds of years in advertising.

You may need to invest in some good history books, encyclopedias, and old product sales catalogs for reference sources.

Labels were not always printed in the same location (city or state) as that of the manufacturer or distributor so you may have to make some long distance phone calls or write some letters to learn about the printing company's history.

The date of manufacture (printing) may appear on it or sometimes be stamped on the backside.

I'm going to be guessing here, but I would think that the "Limited Edition" became widely used after the 1970's.

Many tins marked with this usually have a date associated with its issuance.

Many ads have a date on them ( the page they're on or the date of the publication you find them in) and are an excellent reference tool as well as looking great themselves in your collection.

Other point-of-sale (POS) advertising, particularly die-cut cardboard, may also provide dates.

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