Remember our post on using your five senses to identify if something is truly vintage or an antique?
Well, here's another way to use your eyes:
"A way of identifying the age of some items when antiquing and flea marketing"
One symbol I like to use to tell the age of items is...
The barcode is a series of lines in distinct patterns accompanied by binary numbers (two numerals to represent all real numbers) below the lines. The barcode is generally in a rectangular shape.
The barcode began in commercial use on June 26, 1974. The first product scanned was a packet of Wrigley’s “Juicy Fruit” gum bought by Clyde Dawson and scanned by Sharon Buchanan at 8:01 a.m. (A display of this moment of time is on display at Smithsonian Institute).
Knowing a little bit about the barcode and when it began is a good way to identify the age of an item. Items such as; books, VHS’s, magazines, cards, boxes used for products like coffee or butter, old tins, signs, band aids tins, or patterns, will have a bar code. If these items do not have a bar code they were made prior to 1974 or from another country.
So, what do you know about barcodes?
Leave us a comment and tell us about it! :)
-The GA Gang