Beer dating codes
Cans were made (mostly) of steel from 1935 through about 1980.With many exceptions, steel cans generally date between 19 and aluminum cans date after 1980.
We can narrow the date the can was produced by interpreting this patent information as follows: 1935 - 1937: "Patents Pending" 1938 - Mid-1940s: "Pats., 1,625,229 - 2,064,537 others pending" 1947 - Mid-1950s: "Pats., 2,064,537, 2,259,498 - 2,178,618" printed across a full length, vertical panel.
"Beer Can Collector's Bible": by Jack Martells has photographs and approximate dates of thousands of beer cans.
"United States Beer Cans, Vol I": by the Brewery Collectibles Club of America, discusses methods of dating flat top and cone top beer cans.
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