|When we were young, we would collect all the tins for some special purposes like measuring rice for cooking, for putting pencils , or for keeping marbles. We did not have Tupperware, Lock It or plastic containers from the shops.|
|The Milkmaid tin was the most popular for measuring rice at home for cooking. Housewives would tell each other how many tins of rich were needed for each meal for their family!! Large families might even have to cook 5 or 6 tins of rice per meal. Those were the days when rice was the main food to fill the stomach. Half a tin of rice would make enough porridge for a small family.|
|Tins needed a good edge like this. If the family did not have a good tin opener, the mother or father would use a small hammer to hammer the edge in so that fingers would not be injured. I even used a small stone to hammer in the edge!!|
|This would have been an enviable tin opener. The local Foochows call this the American Style tin opener, or the Screw type. Eh Chuo Li kuan Now Tor. It was a very sophisticated kind of equipment to have in the villages.|
|Photo is from Mr. Pau Chiong sing of Bintulu Emmanuel methodist church.|
The pioneering families of Sibu Foochows continued to practise the adoption of girls from poor families who become their maids (slaves). ...