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    Pull Tabs

    What year did they stop making the pull tabs that pull all the way off? Anybody know? That may give you and idea how old a site is when you find them. And when did they go from the old hole punch cans to pull tabs?
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    They still sell many drinks with pull tabs in Europe, Africa and Asia.
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    Ermal Fraze invented the pull tab in 1959. At over fifty years old some of these that we find are officially historic artifacts.

    In 1974 a doctor " inadvertently" swallowed a can tab during a basketball game, that started the replacement search and the modern say on tab began in 1975.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddjob View Post
    They still sell many drinks with pull tabs in Europe, Africa and Asia.
    They still have them in Mexico and Central/South America too. What I can't figure out is why people break off the lever type tab?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    What I can't figure out is why people break off the lever type tab?
    Exactly, I think it is because they do not MD them selves. Reason is because I have four young kids, two of them MD (the 10 and 14 year old) on their own, the older one has a buddy who is the same age and also MDs. Watch them drink a soda water and they just drink it, but watch their other friends drink soda water and they all pull it off.
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    Seems to me that round tabs in the USA were beginning to phase out in the early 1980s.

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    But, why break it off? Why not just leave it on the can? It's not in the way of anything that I can see.
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    Thanks to all of you for the good information.

    It sounds like the first pull tabs where the whole tab comes off started in about 1959-60 and went over a 20 year span. So that doe's tell me something about how old a site is.

    Thanks again.

    Mike in Arkansas

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    But, why break it off? Why not just leave it on the can? It's not in the way of anything that I can see.
    It's a fidgity thing. Idle hands, etc.

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    Because it's there! It just seems that some people look at a can...with that oh-so inviting tab...and it's screaming "pull me off and throw me in the grass!!"...then their next concious thought is to stomp the empty can to below grass level...all the while standing 6 feet from a trash receptacle...just sayin'...Ddf
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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkS View Post
    It's a fidgity thing. Idle hands, etc.
    Must be a lot of nervous Nellie's out there!
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    It's the sugar content!


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    I recently found an old race track near me that was active in the 50's , 60's, and early 70's. That place is wall to wall pull tabs under the bleacher/fan section. So much so You cannot really beep it. You cannot swing without getting a signal. if I looked you could actually see the track, curves and pit areas the pit area was just as full of pull tabs. Clearly a LOT of drinking occurred during these race nights.
    They had to be pulled off in order to drink the contents as the tab pulled from the center outward. you could not put it in your mouth with that tab hanging there it was way too sharp and in the way. And like was said earlier it was what you did, you bent it back and forth until the little one tab became two, then you threw them on the ground. who knew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkhunt View Post
    What year did they stop making the pull tabs that pull all the way off? Anybody know? That may give you and idea how old a site is when you find them. And when did they go from the old hole punch cans to pull tabs?
    I wrote this 10 years ago it may be of some help. When is it Good to Find a Pull Tab?


    Look for the zip tabs to date a site for silver coins. Name:  zip tabs.JPG
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    My first real find with a real metal detector was a zip tab. Looks like a capital T with the bottom way wider than the top of the T. The part that was part of the lid that tore loose is gone so I only have the handle part with a small piece of the tab left on it.

 

 
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