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Tin Can Collector

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They come in all shapes and sizes and a Davenport woman has thousands. 

"They represent a passage of time," Connie Patridge said. "Not many things are being made in tins anymore." 

Connie Patridge has a basement museum. 

"If you want me to pull a specific tin, I can usually get to it for you," Patridge said.

More than six thousand tins in her collection are displayed according to categories. 

"Remember the Campell's soup slogan, mmm mm good," she said. "Wheaties and Frosted Flakes, Looney Tunes, Altoids, Grandma Whitty's Old Fashioned Cookies. I've come home sometimes and there's a box on the front step with tins in it."

Others she got at estate sales, flea markets, and from friends. Each, with its own story. The Whitman's Chocolate  Company put out the series "land, sea,  and air" during World War II and some tins have a sample of romance included. 

"When they were packaged to be sent to the troops, sometimes the gals in the factories would put their name and address in a package and at least one marriage resulted from that," Patridge said.
Connie has several cars and trains, part of the Fossil collection. One is called Elvis.  

"This is one of the first tins that have watches in them. It's Elvis and I even have an Elvis watch inside," she said. 

Ironically, the first tin Connie received is called Riley's Assorted Toffies and it was made in England. 

"There's one particular one with a Blue Dutch Motif and I remember it sitting on my end table in the 70's," she said.

Band Aids, shoe polish are some of the more than six thousand "tin-spirations" and always room for one more.

"It's like any collector," she said. "You're after the one you don't have, the challenge." 

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