When your can opener flies apart in the middle of a rush and you have to revert to the same method of opening a can as in the 1700’s, you realize how much even the little innovations through time have made our lives easier.
This post is dedicated to the man who saw a need and filled it. A man who 158 years later makes my life easier because of his simple idea:
Dedicated can openers appeared in the 1850s and were of a primitive claw-shaped or “lever-type” design. In 1855, Robert Yeates, a cutlery and surgical instrument maker of Trafalgar Place West, Hackney Road, Middlesex, UK, devised the first claw-ended can opener with a hand-operated tool that haggled its way around the top of metal cans. (source: Wikipedia)
Cans, or “tins”, as they were called have been around since 1772 when they were first used by the Dutch Navy. The first can openers didn’t come around until 1855. Until then the instructions were:
“Cut round on the top near to the outer edge with a chisel and hammer.”
Directions on a can of roast veal in 1824