The New York Times just published an article about so-called transitional objects. For you it might have been a teddy bear or a doll. For Linus (above) it was his blanket.
These are objects that give children comfort, especially in new and challenging situations. The article states that up to 25% of young women take a childhood transitional object with them when they go away to college.
I wonder if certain products and brands can serve as de facto transitional objects for adults? When people describe fond childhood memories of a particular brand that they still use, is that what is happening at some level?