canthecan Can the Can


Why do we collect things?

Collecting is a way of creating value in things. Today’s collection of obsolete items, which were yesterday’s big thing, might have value tomorrow. And we don`t mean money value.

History tells, in various stages of human development, about a number of people, in different places, desirous of saving, storing objects, images, texts, in order to preserve them. If this had not happened, we would not have today any knowledge of our past.

At Can the Can we want to preserve the immaterial memory and tell a little bit about the history of the Portuguese canning industry.

Objects and images are not empty, they keep memories, both individual and collective.

If you have pictures or stories about old cans and want to share, please send us an email to

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