I was recently contacted by a reader saying he had some old Shasta cans and if I was interested, he would send pictures and the story of where they came from. I wrote back and said I'd like to know more. Here was his response:
There was a Shasta plant in Seattle in the late 50's-early 60's, so the vintage is all about right to coincide with the construction of the supersonic facility. I remember seeing some steel Rainier ale cans in there, too.
These are all that I have. They've been following me around for almost 40 years and it's time for them to move on."
These are flat top cans and as you can see, the bottoms are wide open. On the side of each can it reads "Packed and carbonated under the authority of the Shasta Water Company" and lists both San Francisco and Seattle.
A few days later he sent another picture to me. This one was of the two spheres in Seattle he had mentioned in his previous email.
I couldn't pass these cans up! I bought them and received the cans a few days ago. They are definitely some of the coolest cans in my collection. After finding one of the cans at www.canmuseum.com, I saw they date back to 1954, making these the oldest cans I have.
I get quite a bit of email regarding my collection, and I appreciate each one. Many of them are offers that don't pan out, but this one did and I just had to share the story.
* All pictures were taken by the original owner of the cans