Fraze, Ernie

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Fraze, Ernie Gender: M
Ermal Cleon Fraze
born on 16 September 1913 at 00:00 (= 12:00 midnight )
Place Jackson Township (Randolph County), Indiana, 40n1551, 84w5119
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°45' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 00°32 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 18°24'


American engineer who invented the pull-tab opener used in beverage cans. Fraze started his career in Ohio as a machine tool operator in the 1940s, and established the Dayton Reliable Tool & Manufacturing Company, his own machine tool business in 1949.

The first type of pull-tab opener that he created is not the in modern usage; it was dangerous for the user often causing injury. It used a lever that pierced a hole in the top of the can which produced sharp edges. Later, he established a mechanism known as the "pull-tab" can. Users are simply required to pull a removable tab to open the drink. He received U.S. patent No. 3,349,949 for invention in 1963, and subsequently sold his invention to Alcoa. By 1965, around 75% of U.S. breweries were using them. However, in the mid-1970s, pressure from environmentalists led to the development of the non-removable tabs used today.

Ermal Fraze died on 26 October 1989 in Kettering, Ohio, aged 76, from a brain tumour.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Disease 26 October 1989 (Brain trauma, age 76)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana Archives (stating birth time as "12 am").


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Tumour)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Brain tumour)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical
  • Vocation : Misc. : Factory work (Machine tool operator)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Invented the pull-tab opener)