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Object ID 000780

Object Name O-Cedar Polish

Object Desc Glass bottle of O-Cedar polish with metal cap. Bottle contains orange-colored liquid polish. Orange paper label on bottle has image of a woman cleaning and the words "O-Cedar Polish for fine furniture and floors. Cleans as it polishes."

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000707a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Cleaning Products


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 polish,cleaner,furniture polish,furniture cleaner,floor polish,floor cleaner,O-Cedar Corporation,bottles,

Title O-Cedar Polish bottle

Description Glass bottle of orange colored liquid O-Cedar polish for furniture and floors. Bottle has metal cap which easily unscrews. Orange paper label on bottle has image of a woman cleaning and states " O-Cedar Polish, for fine furniture and floors, cleans as it polishes" made by O-Cedar Corporation, Chicago. Price 60 cents. Sides and back of label have directions for use and more information about the polish.


Approx Collection Date

Height 8

Length 0

Width 3

Depth 1.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker O-Cedar Corporation

Maker Details The Channell Chemical Company started as a manufacturer of waxes and wood polishes, which were sold door to door in the early 1900s. One of the main ingredients in the polish was cedar leaf oil, which led to the product being called O-Cedar Polish. As the company expanded, so did the brand awareness of O-Cedar, and the name just stuck. O-Cedar is now a brand of mops, brooms, and household accessories. The brand was originated by Martin Marietta; Drackett bought O-Cedar in the early 1960s. In 1992, after Bristol-Myers Squibb sold Drackett to S. C. Johnson & Son, the O-Cedar name was acquired by Vining Industries, forming O-Cedar/Vining Household Products. O-Cedar was acquired by Freudenberg Household Products in 2003. It is known for its jingle slogan "O-Cedar Makes Your Life Easier".

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Image Caption CMY707a-b



Date MAY 29,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Glass bottle and lid are intact and container still holds original polish. Paper label is worn and difficult to read on back of bottle. Front of label is torn in a few places.