Who remembers pull-tabs?



Wait…. is that what you call these?  Pull-tabs?  Those metal rings with a finger-hole, and a small attached piece of metal from the top of a drink can….. right?  Pull tabs?  Aluminum cans used to have these, they came completely off the top of the can, a separate piece.  Now, you just push down on the top of the can, poking the piece of metal and whatever was on top of it into your drink……


I swear, the last time I can remember seeing these was sometime in the mid 80’s maybe??  We had a dear friend that when he drank beer from a can, he’d toy with the pulltab thing, eventually cutting his fingers…. crazy.  And, I’ve been told stories about college kids that literally had so many of these that they made long strands of them, bending one piece over the other, and had enough to make doorway curtains out of them!


So – when was the last time you saw one of these??  Me?  Last week…. <smile>

About DebbieT

I followed my husband to Dubai for a job. Then, I followed him to Bahrain for another job. Now we live in a bigassbus and travel all over the US, seeing all the things we missed before. I adore adventure and hate that wench on the WiiFit. Collecting experiences is my new hobby. I type and write just like I speak - fast with a lot of errors, and they don't trouble me at all. I have a very short attention span, am able to Google for something and not come up for air for hours, I am an encourager, a cheerleader, organizer and able to juggle multiple projects at once.

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  1. This is hilarious! I was in the UAE 1 Sept through 7th and witnessed these can tops. At first I thought my tab was broken and was disappointed because it was so HOT. Luckily I stopped a moment and examined the can. Who knew!

    As a side I have to thank you again for all of your blog entries. They made my trip easier to navigate and my expectations were exceeded. I almost went into sensory overload at the Burj al Arab! Just wow!

    • Danyell, so happy that you found my posts helpful – and yes, it’s been QUITE hot in the UAE. Perhaps a visit during the cooler months would be your next one? Thanks for following along, we’re now on another adventure in Bahrain!

      • Yes I know that you and your husband have moved on and I can’t wait for those adventures.

  2. Wow! My brother used to have a long chain of those going around his room! They were so much easier to save that way! LOL! The things you find! Thanks for sharing this blast from the past with us!

    • My pleasure…. we used to have a friend that when he pulled the tabs off, he would hang on to them, not trash them. He’d turn them over in his fingers, twirl them, just using them as a placeholder for his newly-shunned cigarettes I think. But he’d end up with tiny little razor-like cuts on his fingers…… odd.

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