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« on: December 29, 2007 06:43:03 PM »

So I have a collection of foreign toothpaste that I've been slowing acquiring for about 12-13 years and I finally got together a few shadow box frames and a bulk supply of mat board remnants to put about 2/3 - 3/4 of the collection on display.  They are currently in my hallway, which is not the long narrow kind, but the oddly-shaped small kind you find in small old houses (like mine), but after I do some remodeling in the bathroom, they'll go in there.  They're mostly categorized by country or region of manufacture, but one grouping is kids' toothpaste from 3 different continents, in 3 languages.  I need at least 3 more frames to get the whole collection to-date on display.  I've a couple friends traveling internationally Q1 2008, so I'm going to get a couple extra frames if I can!

A few close ups:

Italian toothpaste.


Asian toothpaste made in China, Japan and Vietnam.


Kids' toothpaste made in the Czech Republic, Mexico and Japan.


I wanted them to look like old natural history museum displays, so the labels are in Courier to look kind of like they were typed and each label is cut individually with a straight-edge and blade.  The information is:

Brand type if applicable  Country of Manufacture/Country of Purchase
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Brand
Flavor
Country of Manufacture/Country of Purchase


The north wall:



The south wall:



Why toothpaste?  You aren't the first to ask!  It started simply because I ran out of toothpaste while in Costa Rica.  When I bought it, I realized that the Colgate tube was English on one side, Spanish on the other and thought it was neato.  It was the toothpaste in my travel bag until it ran out.  Then I ran out of toothpaste in England a year-and-a-half later (I'm from the US).  Now I pick it up in every country I visit.  My friends and family know that toothpaste would be a good souvenir for me when they travel and if they don't, I tell them.   Wink  About 1/3 of my collection is from others.  Anyway, for me it's a near-perfect souvenir because it's almost universally available, it's cheap, it's small and light weight, you can get it through customs w/ no problem and often you can find something that looks a lot different than what you get at home.  However, Colgate is everywhere and Aqua Fresh is almost as ubiquitous.  Most of the time the local language(s) is (are) on the tubes, though.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007 06:49:45 PM »

woah, thats pretty cool (this rox Grin)
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007 06:50:38 PM »

That is such a good idea, I love that you collect toothpaste.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007 06:54:14 PM »

Holy cow, what an amazingly original art piece.  I adore history museums and I think you've nailed the "display plaques" perfectly!  I have to admit that ginger mint toothpaste doesn't sound very tasty though... Tongue Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007 07:01:32 PM »

Thanks everyone!

carloynbb - It wasn't bad, actually.  What's really nasty is the kids' toothpaste... those I tried once, then tossed.  They taste like they'd give you cavities!  I've recently read about 2 different situations where toothpaste from China (an international brand, ahem) was found to be full of bad chemicals or not even be toothpaste, so I think I may not use some of the stuff I got recently, even though it's from Egypt.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2007 07:01:50 PM »

That is really awesome!
I like the first one the best.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2007 08:09:36 PM »

I LOVE this collection.  Very original!
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2007 09:05:57 PM »

What a great collection! I must admit, my favorite is the Italian display as well.
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2007 10:07:12 PM »

you have zhong(1)hua(2) brand toothpaste! WOW! I thought I was the only American who had the stuff hah hah hah. i get it in china town cuz i think it's cool. you rock ^_^
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2007 11:31:15 PM »

Thanks, Craftsters!  I spent some time this evening mounting some German tubes to mat board (even though I still have to go buy the frames) while watching a German movie, "The Lives of Others". 

julieboolie and shuffar: I like the Italian one a lot, too.  But I also like the ones that are less "designed" looking, because they seem all that much more like decades old natural history museum displays of minerals or something.
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