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How do you pack screws?

Hugh Thompson has raised an interesting question about a packet of screws.

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At first sight a box of Nettlefolds screws; one gross 2" no 8 roundhead japanned.  On closer inspection, its actually a brown paper wrapping - not a box - with the screws placed in layers, point-to-head. 

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We guess there would have been some former to assist in the assembly.  Does anyone know when they stopped packaging in this manner?

Christopher Proudfoot has suggested that this is a wartime package resulting from a shortage of cardboard, which seems plausible. 

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