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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Fish Boxes

Were these boxes to take the fish to market or were they used for something else? Does anyone from the North remember them?
I came across them in the market near Bricklane and have been unable to find any information about their previous life.

9 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

sure looks like fish boxes.

Babzy said...

beautiful boxes :)

Adullamite said...

In days of yore, before the Forth Road Bridge arrived, we often saw a lorry drive past us carrying hundreds of fish boxes that we believed came from the Fife fish boats. We thought they were headed for Newhaven fish market.
The smell that followed, just after the lorry passed by, is with me still! The boxes in various places may have been different, but fishmongers may have used them to transport goods from market to shop.

Sardines by the way got that name but they really are Pilchards. However folk ate so many Pilchards during the war people stopped buying them afterwards. A change of name helped sell them!

What we called Sardines I think now go by the term Anchovies!

Sharon said...

Adullamite posted some interesting information about those boxes. Most people I know wouldn't touch an anchovie but, I like them; especially the white ones. And, sardines play a big role in a British comedy called "Noises Off".

jennyfreckles said...

These look very authentic - did they still smell of fish?

RedPat said...

They look wonderful! I'd buy a few.

Rabin Ban said...

LOL! That was really funny! YcDress and DressesForBest

Tamera said...

It'd be neat to have one of those! Unless it still smelled fishy, then maybe it wouldn't be so neat. Ha ha.

Kay said...

In the U.S. sardines and anchovies are different fish. These well may have been what the day's catch was transported in to market. The wood may have helped insulate to keep them chilled; I don't know how long it's been that fishermen have had ice in their holds that they stored the fish in.

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