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Abe Lincoln

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich...strengthen the weak by weakening the strong...bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift...lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down...build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence...help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What is it Wednesday

Welcome to what is it Wednesday!   Yes these are old potato chip cans.  Potato chips came into fashion in 1910, with them being delivery by horse and wagon, or sold from under glass shelves.  The first bags where made from was paper with the ends ironed shut or stapled.  About 1930 they where sold in tin containers with paper labels, then during the war years, added to the scape pile for ammo.  During the 50's they where sold in tin containers to restaurant and bars.  The deposit on the tins where between $1.00 to $2.00.  Big, big money for the time.  The Superior tins I have came from a local potato chip company in Detroit.  Today I have plastic bags inside with sugar, flour,  bread flour, and crackers.  I never had a bug problem in twenty years of using them.  Great way to save money.  They hold 25lbs of sugar, flour, or 3 lbs of chips.  Check to see if you have a local chip company.

5 comments:

Carol/Firecrackerkid said...

I'll be darn... I did not know any of this information. Thanks Rose, you just improved upon my knowledge today:)

Cave Creek Studio said...

Lovely old tins - and especially great that you put them to good use!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

those are a wonderful piece of history and a great way to store your baking goods..love the colors..bet they look great in your kitchen..:>)

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Those are cool! I always enjoy reading your what is it wed. posts with all the history you put in there :)
Kim

Barb King of Prairie Harvest Arts said...

They are so colorful and what way great way to store things. Love em