A Brief History of Flat Top Beer Cans

Evolution of the Pull Tab

1965 saw the introduction of a ring, which made it easier to pull the tab. Ten years after that, environmentalists scored thanks to the stay tab, designed by Daniel F. Cudzik for Reynolds Metals Co. With this innovation, litter ceased to be a problem, as the tab stayed with the can. Though the design has been tweaked some, Cudzik's creation is what we encounter with cans of beer and soda today.

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