Friday Finds: McGill Precision Bearings Edition

Friday Finds
Today brings a simple but sweet Friday Find, courtesy of beautiful 1950s packaging.
mcgill bearing box
The McGill Manufacturing Company was established in 1910 by James McGill, a man of entrepreneurial spirit with a wide breadth of interests. Before becoming a nationwide specialist in bearings, McGill dabbled in venetian blinds, golf clubs, gold mining, laxatives, washing machines, gyroscopes, and cracker jack whistles.

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The small ball-bearing box we found in one of our houses showcases the simple and elegant design of McGill’s mid-century packaging, as does the matchbook below.
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The company still exists, sort of, though they’re a subsidiary of a division of a multinational.

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