I have some new photos recently which show slight variations amongst the 4 types of boxes that Winchester/Western used for their line of metal piercing ammo in .38spl, .357mag, and .45acp. Does anybody know any more details than what I have captioned below with each photo?
First style “super speed” .38spl box with two print variations - both around 1934 / 1935? I used to think that this style went a little farther into the late 1930’s, but I recently had somebody tell me that Winchester had already switched to the blue/yellow box style by late 1935??
.38spl blue / yellow box with two print variations (1935 - 1940?):
.45acp blue / yellow box variations with the words “.45 auto” and “.45 automatic” being the big difference (1936 - 1940?)
.357mag blue / yellow box - this is the only variation for this caliber that I am aware of for this box style (late 1930’s?)
All-yellow box style for .38spl and .357mag. There was a version with the child safety tab printed near the end flap, and one without for both calibers. I am not aware of .45acp being boxed in this style (late 1940’s to late 1950’s?):
And finally the most common style for the .357mag and .38spl is the typical 1960’s / 70’s white box in which the 38spl was done only in +P in one box style and print, and the .357mag was done in two print styles - one being indexed as X3572P and another as simply 3572P: