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Tin of Gore's 'Golden Isle' Manx Knobs

Date made: 1950s

Maker: Gore's

Description: This tin once contained Gore's Manx Knobs. The boiled sweets were made by the family firm of Gore's, located in Douglas, and retailed from their shops in Strand Street and Castle Street and is thought to date from the 1950s. Sweets such as these along with sticks of rock with the Manx three legs of Man running through them would have been a popular tourist souvenir for friends and family at home.

The tin has a simple paper label, also printed locally, showing the outline of the Isle of Man and the three legs symbol.

The packaging shows the Isle of Man with the trade name 'Golden Isle', which was used by Gore's to market their sweets from the 1920s. It was common in the 1950s and 60s to market the Isle of Man as something akin to the French riviera, with scenes of swaying palm trees and golden sunsets, and the label design reflects that brand image. Gore’s Rock Shop in Castle Street, Douglas finally closed its doors in the 1987, as part of the redevelopment of Douglas town centre with the new Strand shopping centre.


Measurements: overall: 11.2 x 8 cm

Materials: tin

Object name: tin

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2003-0235/1


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