Self Heating Can Company, North Fairfield, ca. 1890

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This is one of many preserving products used in the heyday of the canning industry. The can had a central chamber holding a substance that would release heat when put in contact with water, such as lime.

Water could be dropped in and the resulting heat would cook the surrounding vegetables. The inventor, George S. Jewett, claimed it was "just the thing or light housekeeping, picnics, camping, yachting, sportsment, etc."

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  • Title: Self Heating Can Company, North Fairfield, ca. 1890
  • Creator: Dunston Lithographic Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • Location: North Fairfield, Kennebec County, ME
  • Media: Paper
  • Dimensions: 8 cm x 12 cm
  • Local Code: Ephemera--Trade cards
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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Maine Historical Society
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