I fell in love with this bin at an estate sale this fall - I loved the color, the shine and the patina of the metal. When I asked the owner what it was originally used for, he said it was a lard tub.
So for anyone who remembers grade school insults and is curious what exactly a tub o' lard looks like, this is it:
Pretty, right? And far less insulting a comparison than I'd always imagined.