Gayware [sold]

Gayware spice canisters
made by Gay Plastics, Sydney, Australia 1950-1965

This is a set of Gayware spice canisters: I have previously blogged about Gayware- the larger kitchen canisters and tea dispenser [see posts below– and ‘Sold’.] I just love Gayware – the name mostly.

In the 50s people cooked with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Chives, Allspice, and Ginger. Hence CNCAG. I’m sure you could rearrange the initials to make a more interesting anagram.

In today’s society, you could use them for coffee [C], newguinea coffee [N], another coffee variety [C], andulsian coffee [A] and guam coffee [G]. It’s all about coffee. At least, that’s what I would do.

The spice canisters are all in good order- the lids fit well to provide a seal; they are ready for any spice/coffee that you care to store in them.

They are for sale: $AUD125

Gay Ware popsicles [sold]

Gay Ware popsicle moulds
made in Sydney, Australia 1960s

People may be familiar with Gay Ware kitchen canisters [several collections have featured on this blog]- but not as much with this collection of Gay Ware popsicle moulds.

Gay Ware was made by Gay Plastics, in Sydney from the 40s to mid 70s. Each piece of moulded plastic was impressed with a large fonted ‘gay’- in lowercase lettering- which was considered quite avant garde at the time. The popiscle moulds are no different- part of their appeal lies in the large ‘gay’ across the belly of each mould.

The moulds feature four different silhouettes; Mickey Mouse [instantly recognisable] what looks like the Penguin from Batman [the beak, the top hat] what could be the Joker [again, Batman] and randomly – a rabbit. Each mould has a hole in the base through which the graduated plastic holder is inserted.

While the plastic is in pristine order- doesn’t look to have been used for any popsicle making to date- there are only five sticks for the eight moulds; three sticks are missing. The popsicle moulds would make for a fantastic retro Christmas present; just perfect for the hot summer months ahead.

The gay popsicle moulds are for sale: $AUD50 – no home is complete without them!

Gayware kitchen canisters [sold]

gayware kitchen canistersGayware kitchen canisters
made by Gay Plastics, Sydney, Australia 1950-1965

I am so fond of these red, nested canisters. Like the anodised set below, they too were used to store Flour, Sugar, Rice, Tea and Coffee. Gayware started out making bakelite canisters but by the early 50s manufacturers world-wide were switching to this lighter, more stable form of plastic and Gayware switched too.

These canisters have never been used for their intended purpose, so are now good for anything you might care to store in them. As long as it’s something gay! Unfortunately the Flour canister lid has a slight chip [not discernible from the outside] and the Sugar lid has had some fixing in the past- again, this is not discernible from the top side. These imperfections don’t impair the functioning of the canisters, but they do render the set less-than-perfect.

For sale: $AUD125