Most kids these days have probably never heard of the old trick of calling the store to see if they had Prince Albert in the can. They're probably also too sophisticated to consider it amusing when the reply to the affirmative answer was a command to let him out. In fact, most of them have probably never even heard of Prince Albert—either the man or the tobacco. Their loss, I guess.
The flat little cans have been used as wallets and bait boxes, for holding fishing kits, fire-starting kits, first-aid kits and for a host of other things. The ones in the picture were used by a man named Lyss Fleming in Volcano, West Virginia to hold a collection of screws, small bolts, nuts and rivets. Alas, anything that useful MUST be done away with. It’s some kind of law, I think.
Regardless, here are a couple pictures to bring back some memories for my fellow old geezers and geezerettes. I think the can on the left is the oldest. Ah yes, I remember them well! © 2014
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