Can Opener and Cover

"PET" evaporated milk can opener and cover. Round, blue, metal lid, with two pointed cone shapes projecting downward, which would puncture holes in the top of the can when pressed on top of it. In original packaging, with plastic wrap, paper label stapled to top. Label is printed, with illustrations of how to use the opener/cover. Reads: "HERE'S YOUR HANDY...PET MILK Can Opener!/opens cans so easily.../...and then serves as a Convenient PET MILK Can Cover!". Opener/cover is engraved around rim: "PET EVAPORATED MILK-the first evaporated milk" (engraved twice around). Piece of yellow string is attached to label.
Maker is PET, Inc.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opener and cover
date made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (container material)
paper (container material)
overall: 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 in; 1.27 cm x 16.51 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Eloise Green
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