In a recent entry, I mentioned the fact that my mom made disposable campstoves from coffee cans, when I was small. That got me waxing nostalgic about the old key-wind coffee cans, which, of course, led me to Ebay; all my sentimental journeys seem to end there. There were plenty of the rusty relics just waiting for some old lady to adopt them, and I did get one. Someone had even saved the key to this one, which is why I chose it over the more popular Folgers cans.
I was trying to explain to a longtime, on-line (younger) friend of mine this morning how the cans opened.
"Key?" she asked. "There were locks on coffee cans?"
How does one explain this?
Soldered to the bottom of the can was a key. You took it off, attached it to the end of a metal strip around the upper part of the can and began to roll until you have removed the strip all the way around the can, thus freeing the lid.
Now, does anybody remember when they stopped putting coffee in the key-wind cans? I seem to remember getting cut on those strips of metal as late as 1963 or so, when I was living in my first apartment. I have Googled the subject with no luck at all.