From the HBD Archive
Subject: 100 years of the Crown cap. What's being done?
Date: 1992-07-09 15:29:00 GMT

William Painter was awarded 3 U.S. patents for bottle sealing devices, i.e.
metal bottle caps, in 1892. While the original liners have changed over the
years - slices of cork, cork composites [remember those bits floating in the
brew?], plastics - , and there have been some adaptations to the cap that have
come around, the Crown cap is very much part of our culture and if you look atr
the original drawings, published a century ago, you can't mistake it.

I know brewers think of their tradition in terms of millenia, but does anyone
know if there is any special celebration of this invention? Though the cap
allowed the development of the super-sized brewery catering to the vulgar
palate, thereby making commercial beers in the USA less interesting as
they infiltrated the nation, I expect most of us consider this small item a
great boon to our hobby.

Paul Lehmann, Toledo, Ohio
lehmann%opus@mcoiarc.bitnet (Internet)

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