Review: 1976 7Up “United We Stand” Cans (Part 2 of 6 – North Central)


Mike Burns, Co-Founder of CanMuseum.com, continues a 6-week can review series, while also helping you learn United States geography!

This week, we continue our look at the 1976 7Up “United We Stand” can series. This is a 50 can series that featured one can for each state. During Part 1, we explored the Southwest states, denoted in purple on our map sourced from McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing’s “U.S. States Fact Cards”.

1976 7Up "United We Stand" Cans

1976 7Up “United We Stand” Cans

This week we move on to the North Central area of the map, denoted in blue. These states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Our Map of Cans

Our Map of Cans

Before I begin looking at each individual can, let’s look at a variation of the set. The seal (sometimes referred to as the seam) of the can is where metal of the can body is attached together. Flat-top cans are manufactured very differently than the way cans are made today. They begin with a flat rectangular sheet of material that is rounded into a cylinder and sealed. Then the bottom is attached and they are filled. Finally the top is attached. Altogether there are three main pieces.

Today’s aluminum cans have two main pieces; the can body and the top. If you take a look at the photos of the “United We Stand” cans that show the barcode with the large red 7up rectangular tilted logo, you will see the seal. Look closely and you will see that the seal varies from can to can.

From collaboration with Popcan.org and based on what is in my collection, I have determined there are six distinct seals used in this set. No seal (aluminum can), Painted Seal (aluminum can), Thin Visible Seal (steel can), Narrow Visible Seal (steel can), Wide Visible Seal 7 Lug (steel can) and the Wide Visible Seal 9 Lug (steel can). Lugs look like rectangular metal tabs. Through more research, we can prove that the seal variations are relative to the manufacturing plant the cans were made in. Yes, that does make logical sense. If you have seen something different for this set, please let us know in the comments.

Aluminum Seal Variations

Aluminum Seal Variations (Click to Enlarge)

No Seal cans are of course aluminum cans consisting of 2 pieces (body and top). They were made in Englewood, Colorado and St. Louis, Missouri.

Painted Seal cans are also aluminum and have a thin grey line painted down the side. They were made in St. Louis, Missouri.

Steel Seal Variations

Steel Seal Variations (Click to Enlarge)

Thin Visible Seal steel cans have a thin grey seal about 1 mm wide down the side of the can. They were made in Chicago, IL, and Oshkosh, WI, by American Can Company.

Narrow Visible Seal steel cans have a narrow grey seal about 4 mm wide down the side of the can. They were made in San Francisco, CA; Scranton, PA; and St. Louis, MO, by Continental Can Company.

Wide Visible Seal 7 Lug steel cans have a wide grey seal about 23 mm down the side of the can. They were made in Indianapolis, IN by American Can Company.

Wide Visible Seal 9 Lug steel cans have a wide grey seal about 23 mm down the side of the can. They were made in Scranton, PA; Hackensack, NJ; and St. Louis, MI, by Crown, Cork & Seal.

Here are this week’s North Central states:

Illinois (#13 of 50)
1818 – 21st State
Capital: Springfield
The Prairie State

Illinois - Can #13 of 50

Illinois – Can #13 of 50

Indiana (#14 of 50)
1816 – 19th State
Capital: Indianapolis
The Hoosier State

Indiana - Can #14 of 50

Indiana – Can #14 of 50

Iowa (#15 of 50)
1846 – 29th State
Capital: Des Moines
The Hawkeye State

Iowa - Can #15 of 50

Iowa – Can #15 of 50

Kansas (#16 of 50)
1861 – 34th State
Capital: Topeka
The Sunflower State

Kansas - Can #16 of 50

Kansas – Can #16 of 50

Michigan (#22 of 50)
1837 – 26th State
Capital: Lansing
The Wolverine State

Michigan - Can #22 of 50

Michigan – Can #22 of 50

Minnesota (#23 of 50)
1858 – 32nd State
Capital: St. Paul
The Gopher State

Minnesota - Can #23 of 50

Minnesota – Can #23 of 50

Missouri (#25 of 50)
1821 – 24th State
Capital: Jefferson City
The Show-Me State

Missouri - Can #25 of 50

Missouri – Can #25 of 50

Nebraska (#27 of 50)
1867 – 37th State
Capital: Lincoln
The Cornhusker State

Nebraska - Can #27 of 50

Nebraska – Can #27 of 50

North Dakota (#34 of 50)
1889 – 39th State
Capital: Bismarck
The Sioux State

North Dakota - Can #34 of 50

North Dakota – Can #34 of 50

Ohio (#35 of 50)
1803 – 17th State
Capital: Columbus
The Buckeye State

Ohio - Can #35 of 50

Ohio – Can #35 of 50

South Dakota (#41 of 50)
1889 – 40th State
Capital: Pierre
The Sunshine State

South Dakota - Can #41 of 50

South Dakota – Can #41 of 50

Wisconsin (#49 of 50)
1848 – 30th State
Capital: Madison
The Badger State

Wisconsin - Can #49 of 50

Wisconsin – Can #49 of 50

Next week we will look at another color group from our United States map and analyze another variation of this patriotic set… 16 states down, 34 to go.

United We Stand Series Archive:
Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com
Selected seam information used with permission of PopCan.org