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Treasure in the Attic - a Vintage Flat Top Beer Can
One of the reason I always wanted to live in an old home was the romantic notion that I could find a hidden treasure in the attic. However, when my husband went up into the attic this fall to improve on our home insulation in order to save on our energy bills, all he found was an old beer can. Our home was built in the 1930s, so I thought it was definitely an interesting beer can. But not the hidden box of jewels and old love letters I was hoping for.
Until I went to Google to do some research on vintage beer cans...
The G Krueger Brewery of Newark, NJ
I was not surprised to find out that the beer can found in my South Orange, NJ home was from a nearby Newark brewery. What did surprise me was that G Kreuger was the first brewery in the US to can their beer, as opposed to bottling it. And since my house was built in 1939 - I can assume that this can was from 1939 or earlier - since the old insulation my husband was removing from the floorboards was original to the house.
Due to the fact that the beer can had been inside our dry attic all these years, the can is in great condition. From the Beer Can Grading charts I have seen online, I would judge it to be Grade A1+.
Early Advertising for Krueger Brand Beer and Ale used the "K Man". This may have been the very first Beer Mascot.
G Krueger undertook a large marketing campaign to educate the public to the benefits of drinking beer from cans, as they were the very first brewery to introduce this in 1935.
Characteristics of a Flat Top Beer Can
Beer was first sold in cans in 1935. Prior to that, they wore sold in glass bottles which required a deposit and had to be returned. The fact that beer sold in cans was easily disposable was an attractive proposition to beer drinkers, which led to fast adoption of the new beer cans. It is also the reason why so many of these cans are being discovered by collectors. They were disposed of on camp grounds, basements, attics, and just about everywhere else. To be discovered later by vintage beer can collectors.
When the first flat top cans were released to the market, consumers were already familiar with cans for other food items. However, brewers wanted to make sure that consumers did not remove the entire top of the can in order to drink their beer, which would have been messy and troublesome. Instead, they created a new "can opener" for canned beverages and included Opening Instructions (OI) on their cans.
Here is a picture of the opening instructions on my Krueger Finest Beer Can:
Another characteristic of these flat top cans is the Tax Statement. From June 01, 1935 through March 30,1950 all beer cans were required to bear a statement about taxes paid. These statements, called "IRTP" looked something like this:Internal Revenue Tax PaidTax Paid at the Rate Prescribed by Internal Revenue LawTax Paid at the Rate Prescribed by Internal Revenue
The Statement "Internal Revenue Tax Paid" can be clearly read on the bottom of my can in the picture above.
Krueger Cans and Values Online
After doing some research online to find out more about my can, I am optimistic about the value. Check out the links below showing identical cans and their realized value. But first, take a look at MY can. (click on images to enlarge)
- How Rare is My Can?
This site gives my beer can a scarcity rating of 9.0 - Very Rare -due to the fact that the "Krueger Beer" text on the front of the can is white, instead of the more common gold.
- Reserch Can Values at Breweriana.com
This similar can sold for $500, and appears to be identical - though in much worse condition - than my can.
How Should I Sell My Krueger Finest Beer Can?
I am debating how to get top dollar for my can. I know it is worth some money given the fact that it is from the very first brewery to can its beer in the 1930s. Also, it is in excellent condition - A1+, and has Opening Instructions (OI) and IRTP statement which date it back to being one of the very first cans of beer in existence!
Where Should I Sell My Krueger Finest Beer Can?
Buy a Krueger Beer Can on Ebay
I have not put my can on Ebay...yet But I am leaning that way. Take a look at current Krueger cans up for auction on Ebay.