Mike Burns, Co-Founder of CanMuseum.com, begins a 6-week can review series, proving that steel cylinders filled with lemon-lime carbonated goodness can be patriotic!
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Every year in the United States we celebrate this national holiday with parades, fireworks, barbecues and spending time with family and friends. For the bicentennial of that historic event, 7Up released a set of 50 commemorative cans – one for each state.
Rarely has there been such a large set of cans manufactured such as this "United We Stand" set from 1976. This set was made at a time when there was a variety of can manufacturing methods with different materials, so there are quite a few variations for the serious collector.
This is Part 1 of a 6-week series in which I will focus on a sub set of the 50 cans. If you have never heard about this set, you are about to discover one of the most awesome soda can sets ever made. Trust me, it'll all make sense why in the Week 6 review.
50 cans is a lot to tackle so I will be following McGraw-Hill Children's Publishing's "U.S. States Fact Cards" to help me split up the set. They have all 50 states divided into five sections – Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Southwest, and Northwest. Since this is Week 1, I'll start with the smallest section, the Southwest, which consists of 4 states. They are Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
I'll begin in this installment by describing the similarities across all of the cans. In later reviews, I'll discuss the variations. I am using the steel flat top set for the purposes of this review. These cans are all 12 oz (355 mL) and have a flat top and bottom (like a soup can) with pull tabs. Those were the ones that pulled completely off the can and were thrown away.
Each can has 2 distinct sides, one with a white background and what looks like randomly assorted characters in red and blue consisting of "7"s, "U"s, and "P"s.
The opposite side has a green background and shows a graphic of the featured state, the year and number order of when it became part of the union, the state capital, the state nickname, and the can set number.
All of the state information is at the top to the green side inside a red box with white dots around the top and sides and the words "United We Stand" at the bottom. Surrounding that box is a plain blue box. Below the boxes is the 7Up logo, made up of dots, very similar to The Celebrity Apprentice 1970's can. Slanted between the "7" and the "U" is another 7Up logo in white characters in a solid red box. This logo is also seen about 3 times its size to the right of the state box at the top. Below this larger 7Up logo, we see the can set number in red, followed by ingredients, manufacturing information, a barcode and volume information.
Arizona (#3 of 50)
1912 – 48th State
The Grand Canyon State
New Mexico (#31 of 50)
1912 – 47th State
Capital: Santa Fe
Land of Enchantment
Oklahoma (#36 of 50)
1907 – 46th State
Capital: Oklahoma City
The Sooner State
Texas (#43 of 50)
1845 – 28th State
The Lone Star State
This is only the beginning. Next week, we will look at another section of the United States and dive into one of the physical variations of the 7Up "United We Stand" can set.
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com