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Archaeology of Pull Tabs

Update 21 – William Schroeder was here!

Update 21, with latest mailings by..YOU..and more on William Schroeders’ visit to Europe. He was back in Washington only just in time to prevent being stuck due to Corona lockdown.

Awesome article by Jessica Leigh Hester

Awesome article on our project by Jessica Leigh Hester for Atlas Obscura. Thanks Jessica, I loved working together on this.   Click on the link for the article.

Pull Tabs at NPO radio 1

Last Sunday , February 2, we had an interview at @NPOradio1 Fris! You can listen it as a podcast,. The interviews starts at minute 1.12. hours if you listen the whole program, following this link: Have Fun!

“Blik” a can exhibition in Deventer

Brief summary of my visit to a pull tab exhibition in Deventer.

Special shipment -no pull tabs from Iceland

Sorry, this is in Dutch, but I’ll explain. Elsbeth from Leiden (the Netherlands) did NOT send pull tabs from Iceland for the Pull Tab Project. Why? Well there is no litter in the streets in Iceland! None! Ain’t that cool! I have recorded her mailing anyway…of course! 

Return from CHAT, with great gifts!

I just returned from the Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Conference in London, where I receive a really nice gift from Dr. Sefryn Penrose, the departing chair of CHAT ( It is a ring pull artwork ceramic plate! The classic motive of the plate was tastefully enriched with S-VI type pull tabs, bringing together …

Update 15 News from Flanders

BREAKING! Our Pull tabs will be in a museum!

Pull Tab Update 14

A tab from Vlaanderen by Steven and a word on the ‘Meer Straatwaarden’ conference on heritage and democracy. Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger & Reinwardt Academie. Want to see my presentation at Reinwardt Meer Straatwaarden symposium (In Dutch, sorry), go to 

Can No 31

Indeed, not a beverage can, and not a pull tab either. This ‘Can 31’ in our database is a typical example of how all cans used to be up until the 1960s: made out of tin-plated steel and with no way of easy opening. This sardine can dates from the 1940s (we think) and was …