Boxplayers the world over set aside the last day of July to celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Gair, inventor of the mass-production of cardboard boxes. The symmetry of Gair’s birth on July 31, 1839, and subsequent death on that same day in 1927 has proven irresistible to celebrants. Many boxplayers consider “88” to be a highly lucky number and incorporate it into their festivities.
Investigative Cardboard News Network reporter Felix Cooper has uncovered a photograph poised to rock the world of boxplay: is famed Star Wars sound recordist Ben Burtt a pioneer of boxplay??
This article, The Evolution of Paper Products, was discovered in a dumpster by our cardborporters during a trip to Sweden. Written by Per Anders Jerkeman, former consultant at Jaakko Pfiyry Consulting Ltd., U.K. The article appears to have first been published by the Nordisk Pappershistorisk Tidkrift (The Nordic Paper History Association Journal) in 2008.
Last year there was an exhibition at the National Museum in Stockholm called Förfärligt härligt or Dreadful Delight. It showed products from the 19th century, arts and crafts, paintings and sculpture, china-ware and furniture. The objects were often overburdened with ornaments, many were kitschy and vulgar – that was the style, or the lack of style in the 19th century. You can say it showed – in our eyes – a dreadful taste.
That is one way of looking at this fascinating period, anything goes, nothing was discriminated, everything was allowed. There was room for inventors and entrepreneurs. That was the delight of the 19th century.
This was also the era of industrialism. With industrialism the modern society was created; railways transported goods and people; steam powered ships and vehicles; electricity powered engines; Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone, Thomas Alva Edison the light bulb, Henry Bessemer the converter for steel production and Carl Daniel Ekman the sulphite process.
A Brut Gold box was created explicitly for Luc Belaire and transformed into a valuable gold time capsule (“Tim Capsule”) for the 10th Annual Cardboard*Con. Trash artist Captain Drew claims that it was his “most profound” work yet, but he was drunk. All the coolest attendees of this year’s special con signed the time capsule. It is hoped the capsule will then be stored in the Smithsonian. Failing that, it will be stored in Captain Drew’s basement.
Beginning this year the Grand Prize Winner of the badly run and extremely confusing Cardboard*Con costume contest will be awarded with the now-legendary Robert Gair Memorial Loving Cup (referred to more casually as “The Cardboard Cup”).
The world’s first boxplay convention Cardboard*Con is launching its very first website today and the design is refreshingly uncomplicated. Most of the page is filled with an enormous image of the convention’s multimedia event poster featuring all the information about the upcoming event.