NANFA-- Before Plastic Bags

Hoover, Jan J WES (
Fri, 4 Aug 2000 14:33:19 -0500

A friend and I were discussing one of the more obscure aspects of the
aquarium hobby:

Before the advent of small plastic bags, how were fish commonly transported
among aquarists ?

I remember that cardboard cartons, like those for Chinese food or ice cream,
were in use as late as the 1960s. I've seen glass fruit jars used in books
and movies depicting the 1940s (e.g., at the beginning of "The Incredible
Mr. Limpet"), and Innes suggests that candy jars were used about that time.
If jars or miniature versions of the old fish shipping cans were used, then
pet shops must have had to devote a lot of space to empty containers. Is
this what they did? If so were special fish jars manufactured or did shops
use ordinary off-the-shelf jars?

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