Dating tin cans
Methods for making cans (and can openers) improved over the years.You can see this evolution by observing the cans you find at historic sites. Can opener development followed can development, but at a discrete distance. Harriet White Fisher complains in Lincoln Highway Adventures: "For about three miles outside of Tonopah one has to travel over a road filled with empty tin cans, bottles, glass, etc. There were some vegetables to be had, but it was easier to stock and distribute canned food.This image provided by the Saddle Ridge Hoard discoverers via Kagin's, Inc., shows one of the six decaying metal canisters filled with 1800s-era U. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who want to remain anonymous.While walking their dog, a couple from Northern California struck gold — literally.While the first cans were opened with whatever tools were available- preferably a hammer and chisel- later cans were opened with tools specifically made for that purpose.
Before the couple sells the coins on Amazon, they plan on loaning some to the American Numismatic Association for its National Money Show. government claiming golden coins found by citizens. It remains to be seen if the coins the anonymous couple found were also stolen.
This can had a large hole in the top (duh) through which the food was put into the can.