A BRIEF PHOTO HISTORY OF CANS

Appeared for the first time in Europe during the Napoleonic wars, canned food debuted on shelves in the 19th century and has evolved throughout the decades to become an ubiquitous feature of life. It is worth celebrating its remarkable history in photos.

Late 1800s, women working at Richardson & Robbins Cannery, USA

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1909, a canning machine in Baltimore, USA

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1920, Discharged Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen’s store

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1925, a housewife with her own ‘Home Canner’

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1928, canned food made picnicking easier

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1930, grocery store

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1934, women canning beans in the UK

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1936, canning plums

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… and peas

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1937, fancy a canned beer?

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1939, war has started and the British government promotes hermetically-sealed bread

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1940, Red Cross Christmas package for British prisoners of war in German camps

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1944, the first self-heating can

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1955, packers at a fruit factory

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1955, canning peanut oil in Cuba

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1955, strange food (octopus on skewers, lava worms, fried silkworms)

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1956, Unox pork luncheon meat

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1960, British chef Fanny Cradock at the First National Delicatessen Exhibition in London

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1962, a Harrods hamper

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1962, Russian caviar

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1963, easy to open cola can, the first aluminum can to be used in soda manufacturing

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1981, Hungarian space food for cosmonaut Bertalan Farkas

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2005, packers fill sardine cans, US

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2006, a canned food menu for the International Space Station

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2015, Milacron Holding’s Klear Can, a see-through alternative to metal cans

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