Thursday, February 16, 2017

Coffee Keys

Do any of you remember seeing these cans at your grandparents home? or maybe your home  back in the day ? I can remember me wanting to open cans of coffee with the little key with a hole in it to latch onto a tab on the coffee can. I bought this can at an auction back in the 1980's and have always kept it because it reminds me of my days when I was in grade school. The can was full of the little keys.

Now I know you younger girls out there won't know anything about these LOL It's for the generation gals who lived in the 1950-1960's

Then again I'm telling my age

Just another thing tucked away in the studio

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  1. Actually you're showing me something new, and I'm so grateful to you for this, darling Janice !

    Wishing you a most wonderful remainder of your week,
    sending blessings of joy to you

    XOXO Dany

  2. And, it wasn't just for coffee. It seems to me that keys were used to open Spam, sardines, maybe shortening (Crisco) and plenty of other items.

    Your key collection is something else! It's funny that those were saved. Probably just for fun.

  3. Oh my gosh...I had forgotten that coffee cans had those keys. I do remember them on Spam. LOL. Life was simpler back then. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  4. When I was little I loved sardines in a can. I remember the key to open them. I ate them till someone told me they were dead fish and I never ate them again. I think corned beef is still opened that way. Every once in a while I like corned beef with mustard and rye bread!

  5. First of all, Bernideen made me laugh with her comment about sardines! And Janice you're so kind to consider me as one of the "younger girls" because I have never seen a coffee key! lol

  6. Yes, I DO remember this! And also the coffee percolator; you could see the coffee boil up in the top glass handle. It smelled so good made that way. But not as healthy for us as drip is. I am totally addicted to Thrift Shops. I will drive way out of town just to make he rounds. This year I got two winter coats for three dollars each! Your header is beautiful.

  7. Like Bernideen, I remember those keys for sardine and corned beef. I've never seen them on coffee cans, we were tea drinkers at our house.
    You have found a nice treasure.
    I'm addicted to Thrift Shops also, especially in the Winter months. It helps pass the long snowy Winter we have here. Have a great weekend.

  8. Yes, I remember these. I've never eaten a sardine in my life but I do remember struggling to use the kind of key on shortening cans. These may have been saved during WWII. There were drives held for aluminum and all kinds of metal. That alone is a good enough reason to save them now because they give people an insight into another time. Great save!

  9. Oh, I remember! They were on corned beef and Spam cans and some cans of ham! How fun to buy the coffee can full of them. I always made the Mr. open them because I was afraid of getting sliced by the sharp metal. I used to make fried Spam and eggs and corned beef sandwiches. Sounds yucky now, but everyone loved it back then. haha! xx Karen

  10. Fun to see again,They would be cute in jewerly or crafts

  11. I was too young then but I love the idea and how the can and keys are a vintage collectible now!

  12. I remember them they were on everything from tuna cans to the whole chicken in a can, wow what a flash back.


  13. Janice, I know there is an awesome use for your collected keys and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with them ;) Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!