Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Plastic Sandwich


An enormous money maker, from 1955. The tagline makes one think that they are getting excited about Barbie and Ken's lunch counter menu, but no. This is just like the machines you see in the drugstore sometimes, only at home. And apparently you can make $18 an hour, sandwiching things between bits of plastic. This racket is not free, unlike others - you do have to cough up $35** for the machine. I believe it's the people selling the machines who are making $18 an hour, provided they unload two per hour, less a dollar or so for shipping.

**That would be "$35 and up" - there's money in laminating PHOTOS and CARDS for sure!

11 comments:

Bill said...

There's sleet hitting my office window today, so a plastic sandwich may be my best hope at lunch time.

I can picture the results of these machines, from my first military dependent's ID card at age ten. They start off new, shiny, and perfectly sealed. Before long, they are cloudy, and the edges have separated and curl up.

Hot Rocks said...

Love your blog! I am always laughing when i visit here.
You have been nominated!

Sean Donland said...

That's incredible. Mr.T would probably be shilling that on the shopping channel if it was a little more recent.

tim h said...

The miniature pizza paddle alone is worth the money.

Broadway Matron said...

Geeze, at first I couldn't imagine what a plastic sandwich was...

Mary Moore said...

Plastic sandwich reminds me of the sandwich my dad made me one day for school lunch, and he had forgotten to take the plastic wrap off the cheese slice before melting it permanently onto the bread...yeah, that was my childhood.

Carol @SheLives said...

I bet it was a marvel in its day.

ettarose said...

I hope Billy Mayes does not get wind of this!

Natural said...

18 bucks an hour. people would kill for that today.

if i could turn back time

Lidian said...

Bill - I had loads of school IDs sealed like this and you're right, they always curl up and separate at the edges in about 2 months.

Hot Rocks - Thank you! :)

Sean - Yes, it's a Shopping Channel natural. All it needs is a gem-attaching extra.

Tim - yes, then you could make little plastic Barbie pizzas, I guess.

Broadway Matron - Me too, that's what drew me to the ad, which may be part of their strategy.

Mary - I have done that to plastic wrap in the microwave! :)

Carol - It was a 50s phenomenon!

ettarose - He will if he goes to Woolworth's (if there are any still open) because I know they had them)

Natural - That was more than I made as a teaching assistant in the 80s!

Plastic Cards said...

Plastic sandwich maker machine is very nice,Because it is most cheaper and doing good work as compered to others.Thanks for sharing.