Patent No. 2102208A: Process Of Packaging Beer In Open Top Metal Containers

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Today in 1937, US Patent 2102208 A was issued, an invention of Alfred L. Kronquest, assigned to the Continental Can Co., for his “Process of Packaging Beer in Open Top Metal Containers.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to new and useful processes for the pasteurizing of the beer.

The present invention has to do with a method of making and treating a container so as to provide a suitable coating covering the entire inner surface of the metal container so as to prevent the beer from contacting with the metal at any time. It is well known that when metal sheets are coated with an enamel that has no clouding effect upon the beer, the bending or drawing of the sheet to form the ends and to form the body seams, is likely to fracture the enamel coating temperature necessary to heat the sealed container so as to expose the metal there beneath. Even if the can body and the bottom end thereof is coated with enamel, the shaping of the parts is likely to fracture the enamel coating and render the container thus formed unsuitable for 5 the packaging of beer.

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Patent No. 6321927B2: Beverage Can Seal

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Today in 2001, US Patent 6321927 B2 was issued, an invention of Michael Cavella, for his “Beverage Can Seal.” Here’s the Abstract:

A seal for use on a container such as a beverage or food storage container and more specifically such as a soft drink, beer, or soup can where the seal prevents contamination of the rim or lip, trough and area adjacent to and surrounding the drinking aperture as well as between the drinking aperture and the nearest rim. The seal covers the inner surface of the rim but does not restrict use of 6-pack rings or the like, nor does the seal interfere with stacking of the cans. The seal further includes a peel tab.

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Patent No. 3480175A: Single Pull Ring Tab

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Today in 1969, US Patent 3480175 A was issued, an invention of Nick S. Khoury, assigned to the Continental Can Co., for his “Single Pull Ring Tab.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This subject has to do with easy opening can ends having a tear portion defined by a weakening line and wherein a pull tab is attached to the tear portion to effect the removal thereof. The pull tab overlies the tear portion so as to protect the tear portion against accidental removal. By having the pull tab coextensive with the tear portion, more space is made available for a larger tear portion.

This invention relates in general to new and useful improvements in easy opening containers, and more particularly to a novel easy opening panel construction of the type having a tear portion defined by a peripheral weakening line and a pull tab secured to the tear portion and adjacent a starting end thereof to facilitate both the initial rupture of the container panel and the tearing out of the tear portion.

When a tear portion of an easy opening container is placed in the end panel of a container end, in the past the extent of the tear portion has been restricted by the size of the end panel. This has been because the pull tab has normally provided an extension of the tear strip. In accordance with this invention, it is proposed to have the pull tab disposed coextensive with the tear strip whereby the starting end of the tear strip is not restricted to a position immediately adjacent the center of the end panel as has been customary.

Another feature of this invention is to position the pull tab in overlying relation to the tear portion whereby the pull tab protects the tear portion and prevents accidental rupture of the container panel along the weakening line defining the tear portion.

Still another feature of this invention is to provide adjacent the tear portion upstanding ribs which support the pull tab in an elevated position above the tear portion to further prevent the accidental rupture of the container panel along the weakening line defining the tear portion.

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The Coolest Cans

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This is hands-down one of the coolest designs for a beer can I’ve ever seen. Designed by a Romanian company, Remark Studio SRL, it even won a Gold Pentaward last year for concept design in the worldwide packaging design awards competition. The only sad news is that while it’s an award-winning concept, no brewery has yet stepped up to actually put their beer in the cans, and Volksbier is just a made-up prototype name.
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The cans are actually moulded so the dimples are really in the cans, which would make them both stand out and be easier to grip. While I don’t generally like the idea of drinking directly from a beer can — I still firmly believe it should be poured into a proper glass — it’s hard not to imagine drinking straight from this can. And I love the idea that the color of each can could be the exact color of the beer inside. How cool would a brewery’s range of beers look in these cans?

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Beer Can Plinking

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I’m not exactly a gun person, but don’t have anything against them under the right circumstances — target shooting, hunting for food, etc. Although I don’t own any, I did earn an Expert Marksmanship badge when I was in the Army and I had a BB gun as a kid (note: I didn’t shoot my eye out). My psychotic stepfather owned quite a few, both pistols and rifles, and we’d sometimes go out in the woods and shoot targets, usually beer cans. But until this morning, I didn’t realize there was a name for doing that: plinking. Wikipedia describes plinking as “informal target shooting done at nonstandard targets such as tin cans, glass bottles, and balloons filled with water. The term is an onomatopoeia of the sound a bullet or other projectile makes when hitting a tin can, or other similar target, referring to the sharp, metallic sound, known as a ‘plink.'” It’s certainly a satisfying sound, and nicely validates your aim.

My stepdad also took me skeet shooting a couple of times, and that was fun, too, though I don’t remember being very good at it; I recall missing more often than not. Apparently, someone figured out a way to combine the two, The Targeteer Beer Can Target Launcher. I recently stumbled upon an old ad for this, Flying Beer Can Targets, which was sold through the Sunset House mail order catalog from 1964.

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It seems like a great way to combine target shooting, skeet and recycling (or at least repurposing). It was actually patented in 1960 and Vox Box, a packaging blog, has the full story on the Targeteer Beer Can Launcher. It also seems like you could use it to shoot beer cans at another target, which may be why they weren’t more popular. I’m also afraid my stepfather would have drank the beer right before using them as a target, which wouldn’t necessarily be the best idea, in my experience guns and beer generally don’t, or shouldn’t, mix.

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Patent No. 3348726A: Pull Tab

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Today in 1967, US Patent 3348726 A was issued, an invention of George D. La Cross, assigned to the Continental Can Co., for his “Pull Tab.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates in general to new and useful improvements in easy opening containers, and more particularly to a novel pull tab construction.

In accordance with this invention, it is proposed to provide a metal pull tab which is secured to the tear strip by means of nibs which pierce the tear strip and which are sealed relative thereto.

Another object of this invention is to provide a novel pull tab which is -formed of sheet metal, but which is so constructed wherein it has the necessary beam strength while at the same time may be readily secured to a tear strip in sealed relation thereto.

Another object of this invention is to provide a novel pull tab and tear strip assembly wherein both the tear strip and the pull tab are formed of metal and the pull tab is provided with a pair of nibs which pierce the tear strip and bend there beneath, the openings required in the tear strip for the passage of the nibs being sealed by completely encasing each nib in a covering of sealing compound.

Another object of this invention is to provide a novel tear strip pull tab assembly wherein the pull tab is formed of sheet metal and has a pair of depending nibs, and the tear strip has narrow slits for receiving the nibs, the metal of the tear strip adjacent each slit being slightly deformed to facilitate the passage of a nib therethrough, and the metal being returned to its normal position during the folding over of the nib beneath the tear strip with the metal, when it returns to its original position, tightly clamping and forming interlock with the nib.

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Patent No. D183727S: Combined Belt Buckle, Bottle Opener, And Can Opener

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Today in 1958, US Patent D183727 S was issued, an invention of Odie D. Emberton, for his “Combined Belt Buckle, Bottle Opener, and Can Opener.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The ornamental design for a combined belt buckle, bottle opener, and can opener, substantially as shown.

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Patent No. 2614406A: Drinking Rim For Beer Cans

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Today in 1952, US Patent 2614406 A was issued, an invention of Oliver W. Carpenter, for his “Drinking Rim for Beer Cans.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to detachable rims for beer cans and the like.

One of the objects of the invention is to provide a detachable rim for a conventional beer can which facilitates drinking of the contents directly from the can.

Another object is to provide a rim which may be disposed on the can and isolate the drinkers lips from any contamination such as germs, or the like, which may be present on the can.

A further object is to provide a rim which is inexpensive in construction, and hence may be discarded after use.

Another object is to provide a rim which will withstand a sterilizing temperature in event the rim is to be reused.

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