Here is a very short history of how cans came to be, after which you can explore the compilation of Trend Hunter finds that encompass a wide variety of goods that come in a can.
Napoleon might be called the "Father of Canning" since he started the ball rolling when he offered 12,000 francs to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve food for his troops. Nicolas Appert rose to the challenge and preserved foods in bottles in 1809. Not to be outdone by the French, England’s Peter Durand got a patent for his pottery, glass and tin-plated iron to be used in canning. The Americans couldn’t remain on the sidelines and began canning oysters, meats, fruits, and veggies in 1812. Durand brought his tin cans to America and by 1825 Thomas Kensett held the American patent. By the 1880’s can-making became automated. Aluminum was introduced after WWII. Pull-tabs appeared in 1962, and the six-pack in 1973.
That’s the history in a nutshell, or should I say, a can?
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