Charlotte Bondy, aluminium foil packaging designer: papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 73 AAD/1983/7 : AAD/2016/5
  • Dates of Creation
      ca.1925 - 1984
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English German
  • Physical Description
      ca. 0.5 cubic metres ca.0.5 cubic metres

Scope and Content

Albums containing samples of designs for advertising posters, aluminium packaging and wrappings (ca.1925 - 1936); album containing a handwritten autobiography, illustrations and examples of aluminium foils designed by Charlotte Bondy (1930 - 1984).

Administrative / Biographical History

Charlotte Bondy, nee Schmidt (1907 - 1986) was born in Munich. She served an apprenticeship in an architect's office, specialising in interior decoration. In 1929 an economic slump meant that there was little demand for interior decoration and Charlotte Bondy therefore left the practice and took a course in window dressing. In 1930 she started working as a designer of printed aluminium foils for the firm Aluminium Walzwerke Singen (AWS). The designs were mostly for the packaging of foodstuffs (cheese, chocolates, tea) and tobacco but she also produced publicity designs and advertisements for AWS and for the Leipziger Messe catalogue. In the 1930s she was arrested as an enemy of the state and forbidden to marry Paul Bondy, who ran the Export Department of AWS, because he was Jewish. In 1936 they left Germany for London and married in Britain. In London Charlotte Bondy painted, made and sold toy animals.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only.

Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These restrictions are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Charlotte Bondy, 1983.
  • Given by Jo Bondy, 2016.

Cataloguing supported by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of The David Berg Foundation, New York.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Related Material

V&A Prints, Drawings and Paintings Collection hold various designs for sweet wrappers by Charlotte Bondy.