I was at the Glendale Collectors Show this last weekend and stumbled on a very cool box. It was a plain cardboard box that was spray painted with a Wonka Bars graphic on two sides. I knew the dealer who had it and he has a shop in Burbank. It was brought in by a guy that used to work as a grip in Hollywood. He had taken the box home from the set in 1971. He brought it into the dealers store and traded it to him for some other stuff he wanted.
Now here it was in front of me at the show. I was doubtful at first but the more I looked at it, the more it seemed right. I trusted the dealers story and the box was definitly old. So I bargained a bit with him and bought the box.
When I got the box home I was ready to watch Willy Wonka to see if it matched with the boxes shown in the movie. It turns out I only had the film on VHS and our VCR was busted so I ordered the DVD. Three days later its was here and I began scanning the movie.
Just a few minutes into the movie and there it was. Same size box, same tape on the side, same sort of sloppy spray job and only sprayed on the 2 sides that would show up in the scene. It was a perfect match.
I must say I was pretty surprised. Watching the movie further, I found they also had some larger boxes in the Varuca Salt factory scene and even a super fancy box with a different stencil in the auction scene.
Hard to believe that this box has survived all this time. But what an amazing piece of pop culture goodness.