Until NOW, I have never thought of the things we did with the simple can, as I grew up.
One of our favorite games was kick the can. That was a hide and seek game. Another was just competitively kicking different cans down the road to see who could kick them the furthest without them going in the ditch.
We made intruder alarms out of them for our childhood hide-outs. We hung several cans together and had a hidden string attached, anyone walking up the path rattled the alarm.
Sometimes they were brake pads on the end of the brake levers of our homemade wagons. They would add spark to the braking at night. These were Tin Cans, not aluminum.
One of the most fun things was the telephones. Most kids have stretched a long string between two cans and talked back and forth on them. That reminds me of once getting scammed by a‘Funny Book’ ad.
(You might remember the ads included in comic books, I believe the most famous was the Charles Atlas course, it promised to make you a muscle man so the guy would not kick sand in your face at the beach.)
There was an ad for Walkie-talkies. the picture was of actual Army units. The ad boasted these are not plastic and completely wireless. 50¢! what a deal . I ordered them. They were as advertised: wireless and definitely not plastic. They were cardboard and had string attached and they worked like our cans but not as good.
Empty cans held things: marbles, extra skate wheels and assorted nuts and bolts.
We could stomp in the middle of a beer can and it would wrap around your instep and became a metal shoe. If you had concrete to slide on, you could run fast and slide and make sparks. At night that was fun.
I loved WEDDINGS, you could tie many tin cans on the back of the car and get a kick out of the noise as they drove off.
Growing up I heard that some people actually using tin cans to do their canning. I always wondered how they got those suckers sealed. Yeah, I know that is where the term canning came from, but mama always used Mason jars.
We also made carbide cannons out of snuff cans. Snuff cans were a prize. Most snuff dippers kept their cans.
Any memories about the world changing tin can?
Someone asked if I had ever dipped snuff. Oh yeah, I loved to mix sugar with cocoa and dip that stuff!!!!