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Old 01-04-2007, 06:07 PM   #1


I did when I was in high school in the late 1970s. Believe it or not, back then it was quite a popular hobby for teenagers in my area - mostly males - to collect beer cans. Today, the politically correct police and MADD mothers would get their undies in a bundle over something like that!

I used to have ~500 at one time and I had a friend who had nearly 1500 that lined the walls of his parent's basement rec room. When they retired and sold the house in the mid 1980s, the cans were left behind as part of the deal!

I still have about 100 of the more unusual cans displayed in my kitchen. Almost all the breweries they represent went under by the late 1980s. One of my favorites looks like this one:


 
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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I did when I was in high school in the late 1970s. Believe it or not, back then it was quite poular in my area for teenagers - mostly males - to collect beer cans. Today, the politically correct police and MADD mothers would get their undies in a bundle over something like that!

I used to have ~500 at one time and I had a friend who had nearly 1500 that lined the walls of his parent's basement rec room. When they retired and sold the house in the mid 1980s, the cans were left behind as part of the deal!

I still have about 100 of the more unusual cans displayed in my kitchen. Almost all the breweries they represent went under by the late 1980s.
That explains it! Quite often, I see people on Craigslist selling their can collections.

In college, we used to collect bottles. I had a HUGE 4-shelf organizer filled with empty 40's and bottles of Jim Beam.
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:11 PM   #3
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When I was a kid, one of the neighbors collected cans. He was about 8 years older than me and it seemed like a bunch of his friends did it too. From what I recall, he was 17-18 when he started and had a pretty cool collection.

You don't hear about it much anymore, but this lady is somewhat inspiring with her can collection
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:22 PM   #4

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You don't hear about it much anymore, but this lady is somewhat inspiring with her can collection
Yeah, I saw her 'cans' yesterday in another thread!

Back then, I used to belong to the BCCA, which was the - wait for it - Beer Can Collectors of America! They are still around, but with a different name. They used to hold an annual CANvention and boasted Broderick Crawford as a member. Broderick Crawford. Broderick Crawford! WTF kind of celebrity is that?



 
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:41 PM   #5
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I remember when I was about 15 calling round to a friends house to meet up before we went on to the pub to sneak a quiet pint or two (happy days....)
His Dad was in so we sampled his home brewed bitter and perused the 3 or 4 sacks full of beer mats that he'd collected all round Britain in Pubs.

But collecting cans? That's just scrap metal dealing.....

 
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:14 PM   #6

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...But collecting cans? That's just scrap metal dealing.....
No, no! It's art collecting!

And over there in the UK, you had much easier access to one of the true classic beer can series of the 1970s and true works of art in their own right - the Tennants Girls!


 
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Old 01-05-2007, 09:25 PM   #7
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Someone posted other pics of the Girls from earlier cans on here in the past. I used to drink Tennant's lager when I was younger but sadly missed the delights of 'Sylvia' and friends.

I love how you called it 'one of the true classic beer can series of the 1970s'. - Spoken like a true collector Rhoobarb!

 
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:13 PM   #8
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My sophomore year in college, I was in a coed dorm and one of the women on the floor had several hundred TAB cans lining the wall of her room. Now that was strange.

[I like Sylvia best]
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:28 PM   #9
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:41 PM   #10
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I used to collect the contents of beer cans before I found "Real Ale".
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