September 25, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 39

Old Lard Tins & Recycling

Remember when everyone recycled without giving it a thought?

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Housewives recycled so many things, with those neat “Old Tins” being primary. How many homes had a set of coffee can canisters for flour, sugar, etc.? And those rural women found so many more uses for them.

Tin cans kept the mouse out of necessities like flour and sugar. Of course old lard tins were really great for that purpose, as most flour and sugar was purchased in at least 50 pound quantities.

If you ever opened one of those old unused lard cans you could tell by the smell what had been in there! The smell of ra...

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