Just as any collector, hunting for something to collect is half of the fun of collecting. I was in an old paint store over 20 years ago when I noticed an old can on the shelf with great old graphics.
Being in the billboard business, I used to paint on a daily basis and had never thought of the lowly paint can. I continued to look around the store and noticed an old Sherwin Williams “Cover the Earth Sign”, then another old sign with a boat, advertising Woolsey paint. At this point, I was hooked and thought this is for me.
Going from antique shop to flea market, I would ask for old paint cans, especially gallons. Of course, I got strange looks, as well as laughs, were common. I quickly found that there was plenty out there and I needed to be more focused on what I purchased. I decided to collect the gallon cans with great graphics and only purchase smaller cans with colorful graphics when I found them.
Paint cans came in all shapes and sizes. Older shaped cans including cone-shaped, triangular and rectangular are extremely rare. The graphics on any of the older cans are wonderful with great attention to detail. Some of the labels were printed on paper, while others were printed directly on the cans. After collecting paint cans for over 20 years they are now extremely hard to find.
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