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Can Opener

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 18, 2022

What surprising things can be found in collections...a wooden can opener? Sure!
This wooden can opener with a paddle end was used by the Green Giant Company and its predecessor, the Minnesota Valley Canning Company, in Le Sueur, Minnesota. 
It dates between 1903 - 1989, but was likely used on the earlier end of that timeframe.