After years of lugging hit-and-miss engines to shows, a Pennsylvania man now hauls oil cans
Guy Cerberich's largest oil can is a railroad can, probably 3 feet tall at the top of the spout, he says. The smallest? A watchmaker's oil can. "It's about the diameter of a quarter," he says. Big and small, the cans make a novel exhibit at shows. Guy and his wife, Ruth, are shown here with the display.
Suitcases house a collection that is always ready to hit the road. "I usually take 600 cans to a show," Guy says, "but I have a lot more at home."
Taking his collection to shows has its hazards. "The summer sun fades the cans," Guy says.
In addition to the cans themselves, Guy collects stories about the pieces in his collection. "I like to find cans with names on them," he says. "I always try to find out any history about the can." Note the round-bottom cans shown at bottom right.