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Detachable Car Snack Tray

Car snack tray and box

The rise in availability of cheap plastic materials led to a craze for novelty accessories for the mass-motorist.

This innovative Car Snack Tray could be ‘Fixed or Detached in a Moment’, enabling day tripping motorists to enjoy a cup of tea and sandwich – whatever the weather.

The tray was produced during the 1950s–1960s, when the number of cars on British roads more than doubled, and motoring day trips became an increasingly popular way to spend leisure time.

Such novelty items were the precursor to cup holders and snack trays fitted as standard to the interior of many cars today. Picnicking and snacking goes hand in hand with a day out in the car.

Quick Facts

  • Made by Tudor Rose Plastic Products (Rosedale Associated Manufacturers Limited)
  • Date made 1950s – 1960s
  • Dimensions Box Length 405mm, Height 135mm, Width 25mm; Tray Length 130mm, Height 20mm, Width 400mm
  • Made in England

Facts

  • In the early part of the twentieth century motoring was a pastime for the affluent and any accessories were often luxury and expensive items. By mid-century however, the rise in availability of cheap plastic materials led to a craze for novelty accessories for the mass-motorist.

Did you know?

Accessories like the car snack tray led to the inclusion of similar items as standard in motor cars today.

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