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  1. Brian Cockrell
    Brian Cockrell at |

    The pull tab phase out was slow and lasted into the 1980’s. I was born in 1976 and suffered many injuries opening pull-tab Coke cans.

  2. Brian Ahola
    Brian Ahola at |

    The tabs weren’t necessarily a problem by themselves. But during the early 1970s, the drive to reduce litter included a campaign to stop tossing the tabs onto the ground. The solution was to just stick them in the can after you were finished drinking. Unfortunately, most people put them in the can BEFORE drinking the contents, resulting in obviously injuries and deaths due to choking. And it wasn’t just Coke. All canned beer had them too. My only injury was cutting my tongue on the sharp hole in the can.

  3. Dave Curtis
    Dave Curtis at |

    Is it possible to have a high resolution version of William Schroeder’s key card? As an archeologist for the NPS, it would be a very useful reference to have in the field.

  4. Ron
    Ron at |

    This is crazy and a irresponsible use of the NHPA. What can be learned from this?

    1. maxx katt
      maxx katt at |

      well it does help people in the metal detecting hobby approximately date the site they are hunting. Older tabs, more likely the existence of old silver coins.

  5. John Cressy
    John Cressy at |

    The pull tab was invented in 1962 and first used by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company for Iron City beer. I know for a fact it was still in use by Narragansett Brewing of cranston,RI in 1977.

  6. gg
    gg at |

    Before pull tabs, there were also cans with a bottle cap on a conical rather than flat top. And the tab-less flat tops requiring a can opener were certainly around for some brands for a number of years after tabs were first introduced.

  7. jeremy
    jeremy at |

    John cressy I’m sure they just quit making them in 75 the extra cans were probably not all disposed off and still sold in some places that’s why u might see one on a can in 77 things wasn’t as strict as now days just common sense really

  8. bluejay63
    bluejay63 at |

    get a metal detector. you will find those beaver tails by the ton at any park or place where people were.

  9. Jim Stewart
    Jim Stewart at |

    If William Schroeder Is more interested in the how and why of that refuse scatter, I suggest he contact this Facebook page..https://www.facebook.com/groups/151232671741787/

    We drank the beer while we were in high school and we scattered the trash. For the kids that grew up in the area, underage beer drinking at the lake was a rite of passage.

  10. Rudy Kovach
    Rudy Kovach at |

    Another historical invention of the USA

  11. Buster Doney
    Buster Doney at |

    If you want to search for old cans and bottles, just head to Hudson Bend on Lake Travis in Austin TX. The water has receded so low that multiple generations of trash have been exposed. Starting near the top of the bank you find red bulls. 15 ft lower you find Pepsi Twist cans. Lower still you find 70’s and 80’s cans, old mountain dews and Budweisers. Then you get into 60’s era cans. down near the water line you can find old glass bottles. I vote that they all get cleaned up rather than garner archaeological status because it looks terrible but it is definitely fascinating to explore along the water’s edge .

  12. William Rott
    William Rott at |

    I read the pulltab story in Lost Treasure magazine and liked the pulltab identification chart. Could you please send me a copy? I would like to add the chart to my reference album. Thank you.
    Bill Rott
    President, Society Of Archeological Research
    179 Wells Mills Road
    Waretown, NJ 08758

  13. William Rott
    William Rott at |

    Could you possibly send me the chart of beer tabs that was mentioned in the October issue of Lost Treasure? Thanks in advance.

  14. Phyllis DeVries
    Phyllis DeVries at |

    this is very interesting thank you for sharing. this summer I was up by the AJ mine here in Juneau Alaska, and I found like 2 or 3 of these, the only reason I kept them is because my cousin collects them.
    I’m looking forward to sharing this article with him thank you.

  15. Laura MacDonald
    Laura MacDonald at |

    Where can we find William Schroeder’s paper with the key cards for can identification? I did a search for it online and could not find his paper or the proceedings of the Northwest Anthropological Conference. = (


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