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Object ID 000805

Object Name Daisy Fly Killers box

Object Desc White cardboard box orignally containing one dozen Daisy fly killers. Box has removable lid and image of daisies on cover, with a border of flies.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000732a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Pest Control


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 pest control,Daisy Fly Killers,flies,houseflies,Harold Somers Inc.,insect control,

Title Daisy Fly Killers box

Description White cardboard box with lid originally containing Daisy Fly Killers made by Harold Somers, Inc., in Brooklyn, NY Box has image of daisies on the lid with a border of flies. Box originally contained one dozen fly killers. Gives instructions for use. Daisy Fly Killers were patented February 28, 1888. The Daisy Fly Killer is a tightly sealed ornamental metal box provided with five holes into which are secured felt wicks, and contain a fly-killing material. When filled with water and the cork replaced, and thoroughly shaken (keeping it level) the fly-killing material inside mixes with the water and is absorbed through the wicks, which become moist and sweet from the inside contents. The flies, being attracted by the moisture and sweetness in the wicks, get a taste of it and soon die.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3

Length 7.75

Width 6.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Measurement is box with lid. Lid itself is 7.75" long, 6.5" wide, and 1" high.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Harold Somers, Inc.

Maker Details Located at 150 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY732a-b



Date JUN 19,2013

Summary Very Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Box and lid are in very good condition. There is some minor wear on edges of box. Dark colored stains on box surfaces, possible water or other liquid damage in past?


Date JUN 19,2013

Summary Status change

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

Date JUN 19,2013

Summary Location change

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