To Have And To Hold

To Have And To Hold is a collection of the paper bags that were compiled as part of the Preston Polytechnic ephemera archive and housed in the Library

These once ubiquitous giveaways now provide us with a rare and timely insight into our relatively recent consumer past. Ranging from the early 70s to the late 80s the collection’s breadth and depth, from the local corner shop to the high street department store, is a reflection of a more innocent design era. An era of the logotype rather than the brand, the Filofax as opposed to the mobile, the fax machine instead of the internet and a time when the word ‘virtual’ had not yet become a reality.

This collection is a celebration of these small insignificant pieces of paper and also acts as a permanent record.

Tim Sumner is a designer living and working in London. Since graduating from the University Of Central Lancashire , he has, over the past 12 months, had the opportunity to work at some of the top design consultancies in the UK. See and



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