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    Metal 35mm film canisters

    Hi all--
    Just curious if anyone collects the plain jane metal film canisters. I have a bunch of the cool Kodak ones in various colors, but I recently got a bag of the bare metal ones. I'm going to keep a couple of them, but I have something like 40 of them now.
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    I don't collect them, but I do have one from a roll of Kodachrome from the 60s. Just a little bit of nostalgia to make me smile whenever I run across it in my drawer of photographic miscellany.

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    I had forgotten about them, but screw-top metal film canisters were salt, sugar and spice carriers of choice back in the old Boy Scout days. Wonder if they were toxic and we didn't know it...
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    I like the 120 cans, too.

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    I like using these, especially the ones from Leica. They don't screw off like yours but when I grab a camera and a pocket of film, the canisters are easier to ID which reloads I have in them. Plastic may be better at keeping things dry and airtight but these tins are some of the neat little things that make photography fun.

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    PM me if you're interested in getting rid of a few of your plain-jane ones, I've been trying to track some down recently but apparently they've collected value as ironic memory card cases for digital shooters now...
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    I'm not a collector but I have a habit of keeping them when I come upon them. They remind me of my youth! My last purchase for $0.10 was a yellow topped one for 828. If I could trade some of my dupes I would consider it. (Perhaps I am a collector!)

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    When I was a kid we collected them , then went to the drug store bought salt peter and a few other materials , I wasn't the chemist in the group. We drilled a hole in the top put in a wick filled the cannister with our mixture.
    We then used a very long heavy duty tube, rammed into the ground with a hole for the wick , placed the cannister at the bottom of the tube wick exposed outside the tube , filled the tube with rocks and gravel and light the wick.
    We could send the rocks flying over the house onto the road and really raise havic with these little devices.. Funny how I ended up in this business.

    Quote Originally Posted by tjaded View Post
    Hi all--
    Just curious if anyone collects the plain jane metal film canisters. I have a bunch of the cool Kodak ones in various colors, but I recently got a bag of the bare metal ones. I'm going to keep a couple of them, but I have something like 40 of them now.

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    Bob, you could have ended up in the A-Team...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Carnie View Post
    When I was a kid we collected them , then went to the drug store bought salt peter and a few other materials , I wasn't the chemist in the group. We drilled a hole in the top put in a wick filled the cannister with our mixture.
    We then used a very long heavy duty tube, rammed into the ground with a hole for the wick , placed the cannister at the bottom of the tube wick exposed outside the tube , filled the tube with rocks and gravel and light the wick.
    We could send the rocks flying over the house onto the road and really raise havic with these little devices.. Funny how I ended up in this business.
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