One of the first things that I can honestly say piqued my interest in collecting old things is this cute little rusty 7up can I found at an abandoned roadside dump site in Wyoming almost 30 years ago.
There were a few of those abandoned dump sites where we lived and many had been picked over by treasure hunters over the years but once in awhile, if you were out far enough off the beaten path, you might find one untouched, which we did.
It was amazing! We spent hours looking around and even went back a couple of times.
There were old glass bottles and rusty metal car parts and tin cans, or what was left of them, even some old appliances, all from what looked to us to be the early to mid 1900s. We found a few treasures that day including this can that I literally kicked over as we were poking around.
I was pretty surprised that it even had any label at all left because this is what was sticking up out of the dirt…
But as it rolled over, there it was, still quite easy to read. Then, to my delight, I noticed that it was pre-pull tab and whoever had discarded it had done me a favor by opening it from the bottom…
Which is when I realized just how old it must be!
I thought it had to be from the 40s or 50s but from my research I’ve been able to date it to around 1961. The “You Like It, It Likes You” always cracks me up.
It’s not worth anything (at least I don’t think it is) and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s dandy and it has a place along with my other antiques in the kitchen.
By the way, did you know that 7up originally had lithium, the mood stabilizing drug, in it? 😮