Whomever scooped up this lot of four great items for $109.50 scored a real bargain. Although these could not accurately be described as rare, to be able to acquire four of the set of six for such a discount to sustained value is an accomplishment. Kudos to the lucky prevailing bidder.
Items from this set have long been among my favorites due to their whimsical nature. Slot and tab construction enabled manufacturers like the General Merchandise Company to ship large quantities of cardboard candy holders throughout the United States for a relative pittance as they weigh little and lay flat. The G.M. Company made some cleverly designed and very rare candy holders and decorations. Although the set this particular candy holder is from isn't particularly rare, others are. Check out the two very desirable holders made by the G.M. Company on page 53, plus the magnificent table decoration on page 296. This seller is a friend and someone I wouldn't (and don't) hesitate to buy from.
Isn't this an awesome item? This is only the third time I've seen this candy container, made by the General Merchandise Company. It was made during the 1950s. Pay attention to the dimensions as this is a surprisingly sizable item. Sustainable guide value is ~$200.
10/08 Update: This item fetched the crazy, unsustainable price of $344.99, almost certainly an artifact of its inclusion in my newly available third edition.
I feel pieces to this set of six have never gotten the respect they should from the marketplace. These are whimsical, cleverly designed slot-and-tab candy containers issued by the General Merchandise Company in the middle 1940s through the very early 1950s. Although not at all truly rare, you still don't often see them in this seemingly pristine condition. To see the others that comprise a complete set, turn to page 54 of my newly published third edition.
Good to see these finally getting the market recognition they deserve. The General Merchandise Company made this set of slot and tab containers. This is one from the complete set of six. (All can be seen on page 54.) G.M. also issued other Halloween-themed slot and tab containers that are far less common yet possess the same sense of odd whimsy seen in their most widely sold set. I have become a fan of their output, so routinely search for their harder-to-find items. (Examples of some of these can be seen on pages 53 and 296.)