Design is the key to dating almost any type of antique or collectible. Styles were copied years later, but a piece of Art Deco designed in the 1920s could not date from an earlier period. Some knowledge of how design in packaging works will help with the study of packaged items and signs. Most packages were designed with a look that was familiar but no longer considered daring or odd.

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