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Minnesota Musing: Collecting Something Old and Unusual - De Laval Oil Cans or Something Else

Updated on November 18, 2017
An old De Laval oil can.
An old De Laval oil can.
1948 De Laval Year Book
1948 De Laval Year Book

De Laval Oil

When we cleaned out the shed at the cabin up north, there was this can and I decided that it was cool. Somehow, it managed to escape being tossed out with the trash and, 30 years later, I still have it.

Now, today, as I am looking through some books in the house, I ran across a random De Laval Year Book from 1948. It puts my oil can in a new perspective. Plus, it's a set now, instead of a single item.

I believe that my in-laws possess a cream separator, so, that is even more interesting to think about. Don't get me wrong. I don't want their cream separator, but, I am getting rid of this can and the book, together. It's a set. Why break it up, right?

I am just thinking about the fact that people did not get rid of that kind of stuff and some are probably looking for my can and my little booklet for their collection.

Are you a De Laval collector?

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De Laval Booklet

Somewhere along the line, I acquired this 1948 Year Book from perhaps a pile of books at the Thrift Store or Salvation Army.

I suppose at the time, I thought it was cool because I knew I had the can at home, sitting in the shed on a shelf.

It's a shame, really, that some collector isn't benefiting from me getting rid of it. So, if you are a collector, perhaps you should tell me what I should do with them.

Ebay? Pinterest? What are your thoughts?


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      Char Milbrett 5 months ago from Minnesota

      Smile. Thanks, Pat Mills, for your input! You have definitely given me a starting point.

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      Pat Mills 5 months ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      If you know an antiques dealer, perhaps that person can shed some light on De Laval. Also, do a little research on De Laval on places like eBay. Wikipedia will tell you the company is based in Sweden. I hope I've given you some helpful starting points.