Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

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Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

Postby mreheater72 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:45 pm

Hi guys,

a couple of weeks ago I opened some vintage US group ration cans and trays with tiny leaking holes:

• FRANKFURTERS CANNED WHOLE (Can)
• BEANS IN TOMATO SAUCE FLAVORED WITH BACON (Tray Ration)
• CHOCOLATE PUDDING (Tray Ration)

All rations were stored in my basement, I cannot remember that the containers leaked when I was stocking them, beside the pudding. I opened the containers in a corn/grain field near my home, so I had no problem with disposing the contents of the rations :) .

No I want to show a review with photos of that stretching event :D :

Let´s begin with the FRANKFURTERS:

Upper lid of the can "FRANKFURTERS CANNED WHOLE" packed by BRIAN BROTHERS PACKING CO.. The finish is in a bad condition, also some heavy dents are apparent
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Close-up of the printed code "FD48" no idea of the meaning and the age of the can. Do you have?
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Close-up of a heavy dent of the can at the rim, here the can is leaking through a tiny hole
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Side-view of the can, see the rust and the dents
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Another side-view of the can, see the rust and the dents
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The bottom lid of the FRANKFURTERS can
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That photo was shot after opening the can with a P38 can opener. The condition of the 19 little FRANKFURTERS is surprisingly good :o , I expected some black spoiled sausages with very bad smell :lol:
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Close-up of the FRANKFURTERS
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Another close-up of the FRANKFURTERS, the smell was ok
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The FRANKFURTERS out of the can, the white matter you can see is cold fat
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Another view of fhe FRANKFURTERS out of the can
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View into the empty can, no corrosion, all ok
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Close-up into the can, here you can see the leaking point from the interior of the can
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The next day all FRANKFURTERS were lost, so at least a fox or some other animal get happy with that nice meaty meal :mrgreen: .
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Re: Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

Postby mreheater72 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:51 pm

The next ration I opened was a tray with "BEANS IN TOMATO SAUCE FLAVORED WITH BACON", see the pics:

Top side of the tray ration "BEANS IN TOMATO SAUCE FLAVORED WITH BACON" packed by VENICE MAID CO., INC.
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Here the code printed on the ration, I guess "1086" means day 86 of 1991, according to that late March 1991
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Again the code "1086" printed on the lid of the tray in blue color
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The bottom side of the tray ration
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Printing on one side of the tray ration
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Here the tiny hole in the container
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Close-up of the leaking hole
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The opened tray ration, perhaps with the P38 :D
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Close-up of the contents of the ration, the beans and the sauce look ok, the bacon had turned dark
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Close-up of a bacon-piece
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Another close-up of the "BEANS IN TOMATO SAUCE FLAVORED WITH BACON"
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The empty tray ration container, the white inner finish looks ok
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Here the tiny hole seen from the interior of container. It seems that the corrosion of that tray ration containers arise from the interior
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Re: Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

Postby mreheater72 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:28 pm

Now the last of the three vintage US group rations I opened: For dessert tray of "CHOCOLATE PUDDING" :mrgreen:

The lid of the "CHOCOLATE PUDDING" tray ration packed by E. HUTTENBAUER & SON, INC.
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The code printed on the lid: "8236" for the day 236 of 1988 or "1102" for the day 102 of 1991?
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The bottom side of the ration, at the left upper corner there is a heavy dent that obviously causes a tiny hole for leaking
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The printing "CHOC. PUDD." on one side of the tray ration
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One rim of the can shows also some leaking
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Here the tiny hole and also a leaking rim
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Close-up of the tiny hole in the container
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Opening the tray with the P38, here you can see the leaking pudding because of pressure in the container
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Same as before, close-up
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The opened tray ration with the "CHOCOLATE PUDDING", not really appetizing… :)
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Close-up of the pudding, you can see the mess, happily I opened it at a field and not in the kitchen… :)
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Another close-up of the pudding with very liquid texture, but the smell was fine like chocolate :)
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The empty tray ration container, the white inner finish looks ok
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The tiny hole in the container because of the heavy dent
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All ration contents (beside the pudding) were lost the next day, some animals ate them with pleasure for sure :mrgreen: .

All in all the ration contents were in good condition, although all the showed rations were leaking… :o

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Re: Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

Postby cavguy » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:01 pm

Nice pictures! I remember the chocolate pudding it was absolutely horrible even when new.... Did not taste at all like chocolate pudding to me.

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Re: Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

Postby housil » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:14 am

First of all, I´m very sorry about that lost... :cry:

Great pictures and you are a "freak" again opening all the T-18 with a P-38 :mrgreen: I did it once and ruined all my fingers and nails :roll:

Once a year I controll all my stockings as I have had some spoiled containers too and doesn´t want them to "explode" into my basement :wink:

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Re: Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

Postby Name_not_found » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:08 pm

Great Pics!

I cant believe the hot dogs, they looked perfect
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Re: Some vintage US group ration cans/trays with tiny holes

Postby mreheater72 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:22 pm

housil wrote:First of all, I´m very sorry about that lost... :cry:

Great pictures and you are a "freak" again opening all the T-18 with a P-38 :mrgreen: I did it once and ruined all my fingers and nails :roll:

Once a year I controll all my stockings as I have had some spoiled containers too and doesn´t want them to "explode" into my basement :wink:

No problems with the P38, it is always fun to me to use that brilliant little tool :D .

I watched that problem with the tiny holes in vintage metal trays also by other containers (Ham Slices, Omelete with Ham) in the past :( . It seems that that holes appear in each tray ration; it is only a question of time :( :!:


Name_not_found wrote:Great Pics!

I cant believe the hot dogs, they looked perfect

You are right, it is crazy that those sausages are in that perfect condition even with a hole in the can :o :!:

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