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Object ID 000785

Object Name Dutch Boy White Lead Paste container

Object Desc Large metal can of Dutch Boy soft paste white lead with cover. Manufactured by National Lead Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000712a-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 lead paint,paint,Dutch Boy (brand),National Lead Company,white lead,paste,cans,

Title Dutch Boy White Lead Paste container

Description Large metal can, circular shape, with cover that only sits on top, and a metal handle. Background is painted black, logo and brand name "Dutch Boy" are in yellow. Most of the remaining writing is in black letters on a yellow background. Front says "Strictly Pure" on top, then below is their logo (picture of the boy painting) and "Dutch Boy" in script yellow. "Soft Paste White Lead" is written right below in capital letters.On the sides, to the right of the boy it says "50 lbs. net" and directly to his left "Reg. U.S. Pat. Off." Further down on left side there is a warning note. On the back, on a painted yellow background and black writing, the name and brand of the product is repeated followed by instructions of how to use the paint as well as its composition. Below that "National Lead Company General Offices - New York, NY". Cover also has a black background, altough rusted, and a large painted yellow circle with the picture logo and "Dutch Boy White Lead' "National Lead Company".


Approx Collection Date

Height 8

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 9.5

Circumference 28

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Diameter and circumference are for the top portion of the can, which is its widest portion. Diameter of the cover is also 9.5 inches.Diameter of bottom of the can is 8 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker National Lead Company

Maker Details The National Lead Company began in Philadelphia in 1772. Several lead manufacturers banded together and incorporated as the National Lead Company in 1891. The company has been well known for its white-lead paints, sold since 1907 under the Dutch Boy label. Over the 20th century, the company has produced many other products, including titanium dioxide paint, atomic bomb elements, and ball-bearing slides. National Lead Company changed its name to NL Industries in 1971 and its base remains in Houston, Texas.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY712a-b



Date MAY 31,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes The lid only sits on the top of the can, it no longer shuts.There is a good amount of rust pretty much all throughout the can. Most of the rusting is concentrated on the bottom, on the lower part of the can, as well as on the cover and the top edges of the can. There are also scratches on the painted metal all thorughout, some which have removed the paint. There are also smudges on several areas. A slight dent is present on the front portion below the word "white". There are some white stains on the word "Dutch" on the front as well as some on the upper writing on the back of the can. The lid is quite rusty and dirty and also has scratches on both sides of it. The metal on the edges of the lid is also a little bended. Scratches, some rust and dirt also in the interior of the can. A small hole was made on the center of the lid as well as another in the bottom. Handle is still attached.


Date MAY 31,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hardware Store from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin