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Object ID 000875

Object Name J-O Insect Powder Container

Object Desc Yellow metal container of J-O insect powder to kill insects. Some powder still inside.Manufactured by John Opitz Inc.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000792

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 J-O Insect Powder,John Opitz Inc.,insects,bugs,pesticide,poison,

Title J-O Insect Powder Container

Description Body of the metal container is yellow with black lettering. Shape is uneven, cylindrical on the top and wider and rectangular on the bottom. The tip is shaped like a bullet, it is grey and has a small hole from which the powder would blow when pressing the center of the container. The hole has some paper stuffed inside. Front and back are identical. It says "Non-poisonous" on top, followed by "J-O" in larger letters, then "Insect Powder", "Kills Ants, roaches, fleas & many other insects". Below is the company's logo, a circle with words "John Opitz Inc.", "J-O Est.1874" inside it. There are two pictures of different men on each side of the logo. After that, there is an arrow with instructions inside, the ingredients are then listed followed by the company's name. The sides of the container display directions of use and of care when operating the product.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6

Length 0

Width 2.25

Depth 1.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Width and depth are for the bottom portion of the container, which is the widest part. Top portion has a circumference of 4.5 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker John Opitz Inc.

Maker Details New York. Established in 1874.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY792



Date JUL 25,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Metal tip shows some rust. Body of the container presents few small scratches and a couple of small dark smudges, but nothing that affects any of the writing. Both sides have four "dented" areas matching the same location on both sides, meaning that such dents must be part of the design of the container for useful purposes. The bottom is partially covered by a black thick residue which hides most of the gold metal bottom. Bottom edges have some rust.