Can Opener

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1955-1965

GUSN

GUSN-256203

Description

Metal can opener with folding corkscrew in handle.

Details

Descriptive Terms

can openers
metal
Opener, Food Container
Opener, Can
Opener, Can

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.”

Inscription

"KING / TURNER & SEYMOUR / MFG. CO. / TORRINGTON, CONN. USA" (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number

277.3

Maker

Turner & Seymour Mfg. Co. (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Torrington, CT

Object Type

Food Processing & Preparation T&E; Food Preparation Equipment

Credit Line

Gift of Nena Robbins

Accession Number

2011.119.3