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Lionel Prewar circa 1922 box logoLionel papaer 1Lionel papaer 2077 crossing gate paper signIn restoring some prewar accessory pieces without boxes, the idea of protecting them in a box for future is a no brainer. The thought struck me why should the box look like any ole cardboard box? Put some ID on it and spruce it up. The end result won't look like or try to fake an original, but gives it some character.  Attached are photo/scans that when printed on card stock can be used . The beauty of doing the scans/prints is you can cut apart etc. and if real techno savy with a PC change the image size to what's needed. I did the same for a 077 crossing gate arm paper insert, using photo paper, and was very happy with the result.

Perhaps someone has done before but wanted to pass along since I'm working a non Lionel box that will be home to a #89 Flagpole.

By the way, looking for Lionel prewar cars- 1917-1926 single spring chassis, hook couplers - in C6 condition: #801 caboose, #800 box car, #802 cattle car, #803 coal/hopper car, #804 oil car, #901 gondola car.  Not for resale but completing personal sets to match 150 series locos. Any help would be appreciated. Have a great day!




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Another thing you might want to consider is the way you build the box.  Specifically, I build my boxes so things like cars and locomotives are stored standing up and not on their side.  I've noticed too many cars - particularly litho cars - that acquire ripple marks in the varnish protecting the litho when stored lying down on one side.  If you make the box so the cars are resting on their wheels there is no chance for the litho to come in contact with paper/tissue paper.

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