January 19 National Tin Can Day

Philippe Henri de Girard, a Frenchman living in England, invented the tin can in 1809. It was a new and wonderful way to save food for both the home use and for selling or shipping. Now there were a few hiccups along the way and maybe a few people got poisoned along the way but it was generally considered a success. Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett received the first US patent for the tin can in the US on January 19th, 1825, which is why we celebrate today. Better yet, Ezra realized that the tin can might serve a better purpose if you had an opener which he finally got around to in 1858. Really makes you wonder what they did before that!?!

How to celebrate – Count how many tin cans you have in your house. Get a really good can opener. Check the labels on your cans to make sure the contents are still good.


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