Clean Up Your Act: Bennett Trash Can, ca. 1940s

I've had a gut full of your trash talk.

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In this case, a steel trash can produced by the Bennett Manufacturing Company of Alden, NY., takes the saying to its most literal limit.

Established in 1906, the Bennett Manufacturing Co. got its start as a producer of early dashboards for horse-drawn carriages. It later diversified into other areas and today the company makes a commercial trash can not too dissimilar from the one you see in this post.

This long drink of water stands at 42″ tall and the flip-top lid is hinged so the bag can slide into the original steel liner more easily. The green paint is in good condition considering the treatment this item would have received and all of the stainless steel glides are intact.

Now, if only I could muster up the courage to throw something away…


One response to “Clean Up Your Act: Bennett Trash Can, ca. 1940s

  1. Its awesome that I stumbled onto your site!!
    I was actually at an auction the other night looking for some treasures and EVERYTHING they were selling was really bad, and as I sat there stuck for three hours, until my husband was coming back to pick me up….I kept staring at the auction houses trashcan (which oddly enough was this EXACT can, but in red) and thinking, “man, this trashcan is cooler than anything they are auctioning off tonight, to bad they dont realize THIS is the real treasure 🙂
    I actually snapped a photo that night of the auction, and the trashcan is in it!!! I will try to figure out a way to post it 😉
    Nice blog!!

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