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Can Opener

2011.119.3 (RS199454)

Description

Metal can opener with folding corkscrew in handle.

Details

Label
In response to the heightened anxiety of the Cold War, the government authorized the Federal Civil Defense Administration to teach people how to prepare for a nuclear assault. The agency's instructions focused on suburban households, believing that nuclear attacks would be aimed at cities where there would be few survivors. Suburban homeowners were encouraged to build bomb shelters in their basements or backyards, and to fill them with enough food to feed the family for at least two weeks. These supplies, including a nutritious mixture of raisins, peanuts and dried apples, called pemmican, were stored in a shelter in the basement of a home in Wayland, Massachusetts, in a box marked “In case of: Atomic Warfare or Hurricanes.”
Maker
Turner & Seymour Mfg. Co. (Manufacturer)
Date
1955-1965
Inscriptions
"KING / TURNER & SEYMOUR / MFG. CO. / TORRINGTON, CONN. USA" (Engraved)
Location of origin
Torrington, CT
Material
metal
Object type
Food Processing & Preparation T&E; Food Preparation Equipment
Descriptive terms
can openers
metal
Opener, Can
Opener, Food Container
Accession Number
2011.119.3
Credit Line
Gift of Nena Robbins
GUSN
256203

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