In my latest quest to find craft items in their original packaging, I found the coolest thing.
This is an original package of glass bugle beads from the Walco Bead company. These would have been ordered by a retailer, who would then sell the tubes individually. I have never seen the tubes packaged in their original box before (but then, I haven't been looking for these for long, so they may be out there...)
There are two layers of tubes in the package, and the tubes are glass, not plastic. I am not sure of the date on them, but I am guessing they are from the 1930's or 40's. I have ordered some old Walco Bead catalogs from a seller on eBay, and when I get them I should be better able to date these and some other Walco craft items that I have. The catalogs look pretty interesting in themselves - I'll post some photos when I get them.