Featured One of the strangest things I've ever found at GdWill

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by bosko69, Sep 21, 2023.

  1. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I recently came across this at a local GW.It's one of the odder things I've ever found at a Thrift.It was made somewhere btw 1936-1941.It has pictorial instructions on how to use a can opener (?).
    What I really enjoy abt it is it's condition-the old real steel cans suck up moisture (ie: rust) like a sponge.
    Def not a 'highbrow' piece,but I get a kick out of vintage industrial design/advertising.
    PS-Mr or Mrs Pre-War still didn't get the concept of a 'church key' can opener,they used an ice pick !

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  2. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    I LOVE it, bosko!
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  3. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Bro-I've found a few under houses but they were 'dumpers' as the can kids say,ie: 'roached' !
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  4. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Very cool! There must be a side seam.
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  5. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Very nice!
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  6. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

  7. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Def a side seam & strong as a battleship-it's fun lowbrow industrial pop art.
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  8. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Condition is amazing. Nice find
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  9. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Sabre.
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  10. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Nice. Good rescue too. Looks like somebody opened it with a hammer and an icepick.
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  11. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

  12. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    The brewery was only open 7 years (1933-1940) according to the internet.

  13. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    For the fairly valuable cans-they'll remove the orig top/bottom,run the printed part thru a press to take all the dings & creases out,then reroll & apply a new base & top.The giveaway is of course the pristine base & lid-but advanced collectors still pay big money for the restored cans.
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  14. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Good Grief! Make that 'retarded collectors'...talk about guilding the Lilly! What in the world is the matter with some folks?
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  15. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Here's the two most expensive cans I've found after a quick search-
    1.Crown Cork & Seal Prototype Can (circa 1935) - Sold for $24,150: This rare can is considered the Holy Grail of beer cans.
    2.Krueger's Cream Ale Can (circa 1935) - Sold for $21,510: This can is significant as it was the first-ever beer can sold after the end of Prohibition in the United States.
    -it's a Mad,Mad,Mad World my friend.
  16. 2manycats

    2manycats Well-Known Member

    Nice! I collected cans in the heyday of the mid '70s, in grade school - my dad enjoyed helping by trying new beers, but I got a lot by rummaging the recycling drop-off at the local hippy emporium. My best few were some my granddad had used for holding bolts in his lawn mower shed.

    Brown Derby was an LA-based restaurant chain started in 1926, quite famous for a while, so I speculate this was either brewed for them or an obvious rip-off.
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  17. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    Have dabbled in selling some beer cans as I stumble on them. Have done best with the cone tops, even finding a few for very little in the thrift stores. Here are my last thrift store finds from several years ago.

  18. 2manycats

    2manycats Well-Known Member

    Ah, conetops were the Holy Grail to my young collecting mind, but I never found any I could afford that weren't rusted to near illegibility. Sold most of my collection a few years ago at the antique mall, $3 a can. Maybe could have made more on a few of them on eBay, but time is money, too....
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  19. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I think I've seen one or two for sale, but marked with Yesterday's price tags. Left them as found. I've never seen one in the wild.
  20. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    You wonder why someone would donate an old beer can to a thrift store.I've seen a half used box of Huggies ,a used Twinkie maker,a straight jacket,resuscitation mannequin-but why a used beer can ? Either you know they're worth something and keep it,or you toss 'em in recycling or a dumpster-but donate it ?
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