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Object ID 000777

Object Name Ray-O-Vac metal display box

Object Desc Dark faux woodgrain metal box advertising Ray-O-Vac batteries and lamps. Box has display panel on front, drawer and shelf on back.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000704a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Hardware


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Ray-O-Vac,batteries,lamps,lightbulbs,flashlight,display,

Title Ray-O-Vac metal display box

Description Dark faux woodgrain metal box which serves as both a display and storage container for Ray-O-Vac batteries and lamps. Front panel of the box has a hinged piece which folds up for display, says "Ray-O-Vac Batteries fit all flashlights and make them better" written in yellow print. On the back of this hinged piece is a discolored paper with information on batteries and lamps including size of cell, number of cells, lamp numbers, volts, and prices. Front panel of box has an image of a hand putting batteries in a flashlight and says "Need new Flashlight Batteries? Lamps? We have them!" in yellow print. Sides of box have identical images and print - "Buy 'em Today - You'll Need 'em Tonight" in yellow print with image of three Ray-O-Vac batteries and two lamps. Top of box has three metal pieces which are labeled "Cell No. 1 Tester, Lamp Tester, and Cell No. 2 Tester" The metal top piece is hinged and opens to allow access to a shelf. Beneath shelf is a drawer (CMY704b).


Approx Collection Date

Height 5.75

Length 0

Width 7.5

Depth 11.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Depth is at deepest point, depth at smallest point is 9 inches. Height with hinged display raised is 9.5 inches at highest point. Removable drawer measures 7 3/8" wide by 2" tall by 10 1/4" deep.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Ray-O-Vac

Maker Details In 1906, Rayovac was founded in Madison, Wisconsin, by James Bowen Ramsay (1869-1952) as the French Battery Co., with Alfred Landau as its first president. In 1910, Landau was replaced by C.F. Burgess, and the company became profitable. After a fire destroyed the plant in 1915, Burgess left to found his own company. Production rose during the First World War, and by 1920, the French company had US$2.74 million in sales and 600 employees, and 1000 employees in 1931. Ray-O-Vac is still in business today. In 1930, the company name was changed to Ray-O-Vac, an allusion to the then-new technology of vacuum tubes and electron rays. In 1933, the company patented the first wearable vacuum tube hearing aid.[3]

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY704a-b



Date MAY 29,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Metal has some corrosion and surface damage but all type and images are visible and legible. Hinges work well and drawer slides easily. Object is dirty and has been dusted, but could use more thorough cleaning.


Date MAY 29,2013

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date MAY 29,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hardware Store from Hardware Store - automatic entry by admin