I didn't hop on board the MPC train until the summer of 2015, but the company has existed since 2012.
Using the Wayback Machine, I thought I'd post some of the original information from the company in its early years.
At the moment I'm discovering that photos are hard to come by, but the text from the MPC's website still exists and I'll start listing it below just out of general interest (if anyone gives a flying fig at this point).
Mysterious Packages Delivered To Your Door More than a gift: an experience!
Telegram THE COOLEST GIFT THAT I HAVE EVER RECEIVED. —Linda Boden
PACKAGES The Mysterious Package Company provides unique and custom-made gifts delivered by mail or via courier, wrapped in a premium, hand-crafted experience unlike any other. Custom made crates, included letters and telegrams from long-lost relatives, and seemingly innocuous newspaper clippings add a richness to the curious goods contained within. Each experience is uniquely tailored to each person, and no two packages are alike.
Objects tell a story, and we make the stories as tangible as the gifts themselves. —The Curator SIMPLE Send a simple and unique gift! Select a gifts, a theme, a crate and several pieces of literature to include with the package.
Simple doesn't mean that we spare any of the attention to detail. The package will still be the most intriguing gift ever received by the lucky recipient. We spend a great deal of time making sure that our simple gifts are nevertheless exceptional.
Simple packages are in the $250 range.
ROBUST Select any of our gifts, a theme, a crate, several pieces of literature to include with the package, and a puzzle sequence. The literature will all fit within the theme and be tailored to tell a story over several mailings.
Puzzles can be built into the gift itself, or they can expand out onto websites, requiring emails to be sent, passwords to be entered and so on. They add richness to the overall experience, and make the gift into a game.
Robust packages are in the $500 range.
CUSTOM We pride ourselves on producing high-quality custom artwork. Give us some details about the recipient and a general sense of what you'd like to send and we'll craft a unique artifact for them, from scratch. You can select as much or as little customization of the literature as you like, and we'll work with you to develop a puzzle or two that fits with the theme and contents of the package. This is a gift they'll never forget.
Storylines made up of multiple packages and puzzles are also possible. Please contact The Curator for more details.
Custom packages start in the $1000 range, but can vary wildly depending on the contents.
PORTFOLIO We handcraft everything we ship. Here are some photographs of our work in development. We hand-make everything, from the gifts themselves to the included literature. We cut, we weld, we age, we nail and we package it all with care. Our process is time consuming, but the results speak volumes.
Folio_pic1 An Unusual Idol
Folio_pic2 A Strange Telegram
Folio_pic3 A crate, "Cunard"?
Folio_pic4 A complete package
ABOUT US We are The Mysterious Package Company. We are obsessed with curious goods. Objects tell a story, and we want to expand the stories and make them as tangible as the goods themselves. We love to craft things by hand, we love to tell stories and we love to watch people's eyes when they open something truly unique and amazing.
THE CURATOR The Curator is the man behind the curtain, a shadowy figure with a devious streak. No one is ever sure exactly what he's going to do next.
Professor MISHA, THE PROFESSOR The Professor is in charge of making sure all the packages are tied together in a coherent and interesting way. He is also the puzzlemaker, and is cunning in his machinations.
Artisan COLIN, THE ARTISAN The Artisan designs and creates all the marvelous antiquities we sell. If it's pretty, he had a hand in it.
Mechanic TIMOTHY, THE MECHANIC The Mechanic ensures the ordering of the package and the ongoing progress of the experience goes smoothly.
BUY SOON! Address // 70 Mill Street Toronto, ON M5A 4R1
Telephone nr. // (888) 838-8519
E-Mail // email@example.com
Mysterious Packages are shipping soon. If you're interested, please sign up and we'll contact you as soon as we're ready!
A Unique Gift Provide the ultimate gift for a loved one: a customized experience that makes them the hero of a mystery.
A Treat for Yourself Give yourself a mystery to call your own with our Omakase offerings, or with a subscription to our mysteries by mail.
A Mysterious Community Our organization is members-only, and we strive to create connections between our members. Membership is 100% free.
Photographs and Documentation Our stories are told in pieces of supporting documentation: telegrams from unknown relatives, diary pages, newspaper articles, photographs of anachronisms, ancient scrolls and more all reveal a story in which the recipient is a vital piece.
Crate A Strange and Beautiful Crate All our packages culminate in a handmade crate, crafted out of reclaimed wood, aged, painted, and then nailed shut.
They are not easy to open, requiring a tool to pry apart, which simply adds to the intrigue. Getting into the crate is a pivotal moment in the experience.
Artifact A Custom-Made Artifact Within the crate is the Artifact, a bespoke art piece revealed at the climax of the story. Every piece is lovingly created and no two are alike. Artifacts are developed using a variety of techniques and materials, including handmade sculpture finished with cold cast bronze, interactive trinkets, and in some cases, CNC machined bronze.
Experience The Experience Is The Gift Our packages are designed to create a lasting memory, with the artifact as a touchstone to spark conversation, storytelling and delight. Whether the experience was a single package, received one cold fall afternoon, or many mailings that lasted several months, it will be lovingly remembered as the strangest and most wonderful gift ever received.
The Mysterious Package Company is a bespoke gift company specializing in unannounced deliveries of a strange and otherworldly nature, acting as narrators of past century archaeological esoterica with an occult twist.
We provide unique and custom-made gifts delivered by mail, wrapped in a hand-crafted experience unlike any other. Custom made crates, letters and telegrams from long-lost relatives, and seemingly innocuous newspaper clippings add a richness to the curious goods contained within. Each experience is uniquely tailored to each person, and no two packages are alike.
We are a members-only service, in order to put a barrier between the person sending the package and the person who receives it. Membership is free, but you must fill in our application form in order to be considered as a member. We are more than simply a way to send packages, we are a community of like-minded people who believe that life needs to be less mundane.
Mark R. Recipient, 2013 The attention to detail? Totally stunning. There was no point at which I questioned the veracity of the material. My suspension of disbelief was maintained the entire time. In fact, I’m kinda disappointed it’s over, and I’m really, really envious of anyone who gets sent a package. It’s a mother of an experience.
Contact the Curator (888) 838-8519 firstname.lastname@example.org
There is so much missing because there are no graphics for the early web pages, and once they put it behind a registration wall, Wayback can't see those pages. If you login, you are just brought to the current site.
Still looking for some record of exactly what years they put out the first membership kit. My first is from 2015.
diggitydoodog: I've had dubious documents for 2 years now and finally went to work on it. Would anyone on here be willing to PM me the answer or post it in a spoiler so I can check the solution?
Sept 17, 2020 11:44:39 GMT -5
Todd: Did you hear about the dwarfish fortune teller who broke out of jail? Police are on the lookout for a small medium at large.
Oct 15, 2020 21:35:58 GMT -5
distantsmoke: It’s snowing here in NE Kansas! Yay!
Oct 26, 2020 9:51:04 GMT -5
Todd: I once went to a zoo whose only animal was a dog! It was a shih tzu.
Oct 27, 2020 18:20:25 GMT -5
rob: There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Nov 17, 2020 17:47:10 GMT -5
AMH: Wow, I never realized that collecting and doing puzzles could make you a millionaire... If you were a billionaire !
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