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Lard Can Lunch Pail

A common item on the general store shelf was the lard can. Before vegetable shortening, pastries and pies were made with lard, a product that came from animal fat. It was sold in a can with a fitted lid and handle. After the lard was used up, the can was cleaned out and used as a lunch pail.

The lard can came in several sizes, but there was no limit to what mothers with students in early schools put in it. The can might be lined with a kerchief and then filled with foods such as leftover chicken, egg sandwiches, a small jar of milk, an apple, a piece of cheese or whatever was on hand.