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Dating tin cans

No, the life of a tin collector doesn't revolve around advertising slogans and the associated cliches.But those cleverly marketed products do often pull collectors in one direction or another using bright colors and interesting graphics, and the choices available go way beyond actual spice tins.

He compiled information and provided typologies and dating techniques, including examination of seams, closures, openings, materials composition, etc.This process can turn out to be both fun and personally rewarding.The following information can be used to help document the age of your tins.Unless otherwise indicated, the descriptive information presented with the cans in this collection came from Jim Rock's notes and published works.Links to several of his publications can be found below.Hours of Operation: Our website is always open and you can place an order at any time.

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The coloring method used on packaging in the 1890s usually consisted of black and one other color, while four-color lithography wasn't used on tins until around 1930.

And, perhaps most interestingly, in 1906 the Food and Drug Administration eliminated the often-entertaining claims of cures and remedies used on packaging.

This workshop is intended to offer a practical approach to recording and analyzing tin cans.

The workshop will focus on how to recognize the most common tin can types and how to identify their chronologically diagnostic characteristics.

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