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Object ID 000797

Object Name O-Cedar Mop Polish

Object Desc Circular metal container with removable cover of O-Cedar Mop for cleaning, dusting and polishing furniture and other varnished surfaces. Yellow with black writing.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000724a-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,floor polish,cleaner,Mop Polish,Channell Chemical Company,O-Cedar Corporation,floor cleaner,furniture cleaner,furniture polish,

Title O-Cedar Mop Polish Tin

Description Circular metal container with cover. Yellow with writing in black. Says " O-Cedar Mop Polish no 4 Small "Triangle" Model", "Cleans, Dusts and Polishes" on top on the cover portion. Below, directions for renewing the mop. To the right of that, "Cleans as it Polishes. $1.00". To the left, "New label adopted and copyrighted May, 1919". Bellow all that, "Channell Chemical Company, Chicago, Illinois, Made in U.S.A.". Body portion of the container says " O-Cedar Mop" in large black lettering. On the opposite side of that, there are directions of use, as well as other size options and the manufacturer name.To both sides of that, there are more information on the product's uses. Bottom is of metal color. Cover is removable, but I chose not to open because it was hard to do so. No contents inside.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 6.5

Circumference 20.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Height is with lid on.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Channell Chemical Company

Maker Details O-Cedar Polishes were sold door to door in 1906 by Charles A. Channell who founded The Channel Chemical Company in Chicago, IL. The "O-Cedar" name originated from the use of cedar leaf oil that was an ingredient in the company's products. 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". Within a few short years, O-Cedar had expanded their products nationally and in several foreign markets.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY724a-b



Date JUN 7,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes There are scratches small to medium sized throughout the tin's body, the bottom and the cover. Majority of wear, stains and scratches are seen on the cover. There are two larger scratches on name "O-Cedar". Some rust is also present on the cover as well as some on the bottom of the tin. There is a small dent on the tin near the bottom where would be considered the back portion. Cover is removable, but chose not to force opening it.