This trash can is made out of cardboard. The donor said that cardboard was used to make trash cans during World War II to avoid using metal in the making of the trash cans.
The following blog posts discuss the need to save metal for the war effort.
- Make It Do -- Metal Shortages During World War II
- Vintage Paper Treasures of the Home Front -- World War II Collectibles
There is an imprint on the side of the trash can.
We believe this reads:
Menasha Inpervo Can
contents 2 1/2 gal
Mgr Under patent numbers
1,802,857 and 1,892,575
Unfortunately, historical information about this item has not been found. Please contact the Nemaha County Historical Society (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have information on this or any similar item.