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April 24, 2012

Vintage condom tin

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Three Merry Widows brand condom tin manufactured between 1920 and 1940.  The tin is one of approximately 70 identical containers found buried in a yard off of West Seventh Street in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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5 Responses to “Vintage condom tin”

  1. Perry Says:

    Hmm, sounds like there were some extremely merry widows in St. Paul!

  2. Fuzzbee Says:

    I wonder if there is any packaging/marketing materials that have images of Agnes, Mabel and Beckie…

  3. Hanna Says:

    My coworkers and I are wondering if perhaps it was the site of a brothel. Did they find anything of the lacy variety as well?

    Lizzie Ehrenhalt reply on April 24th, 2012:

    Hi, Hanna. I’d recommend reading an earlier post about the tin that discusses that very idea:

    The donor, having found so many of these items near her house, naturally wondered if her neighborhood once hosted a bordello. The location – half-way between downtown St. Paul and Fort Snelling – certainly would have been convenient. Unfortunately, a search through the Society’s library was inconclusive.

    Perry reply on April 24th, 2012:

    It looks like that link is broken! I figured it out – rubber cement! Wow!

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