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Object ID 000914

Object Name Peterman's Moth Food

Object Desc Rectangular tin, yellow background with black and gold lettering, containing Peterman's Moth Food. Used to protect clothing, carpets, furs, sofas, etc. Contents still inside, unopened.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000830

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 Peterman's Moth Food,W. M. Peterman, Inc.,moths,sodium fluoride,pesticide,insecticide,tins,

Title Peterman's Moth Food

Description Tin has a yellow background body and writings are black and gold. Front says "Net Weight 2 ozs." on top, then "Peterman's Moth Food Odorless", followed by "Protects Clothing, Carpets, Furs, etc.", "W M Peterman Inc.". Then it lists the full address of the manufacturer and the active and inert ingredients in smaller letters. The back has very thorough directions for use and repeats the name of the company on the bottom. Left side has a note on this product, and right side lists a few other company's products and their uses. Top of container is a dark grey metal color and covered in rust. Bottom is of a silver color metal. Top has words "Push in plugs" and three unpunched holes in the center.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 0

Width 2.25

Depth 1.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker W. M. Peterman, Inc.

Maker Details 200 - 5th Ave. New York Laboratory, Passaic, N.J.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY830



Date AUG 21,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Yellow portion has some small size scratches, some which reveal the silver metal color underneath. It also has several dark smudges and dirty spots all throughout. The front has a small dent between words "clothing" and "etc". Back has two small dent, one on the center closer to bottom edge, and the other a little above this to the left. There are two spots on the back with a dark red stain (some material residue), both on left portion of the back. Writings can be read clearly. There is a significant amount of rust, particulalrly on top which is covered by it, and on the bottom portion. Push in plugs are unpunched, container has never been opened. Contents are still inside.