Modern Living: Can Cult

For some 3,500 Americans, a discarded beer can may prove a thing of beauty and a toy forever. They are members of the Beer Can Collectors of America, who respond to the sight of a 1969 Olde Frothingslosh container as ecstatically as a philatelist who discovers an 1856 one-cent British Guiana stamp tucked in the family Bible.

Though beer cans were only introduced in 1935—the first was a green-and-white container made by the American Can Co. for the now defunct Gottfried Krueger Brewing Co. of Newark—experts estimate that as many as 12,000 domestic beer...

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