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Object ID 000916

Object Name John Opitz Bug-Roach Powder

Object Desc Cardboard and metal container of John Opitz Bug-Roach Powder. Yellow llabel with black writing and pictures. Contents still inside.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000832

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 John Opitz Inc.,powder,bug killer,insects,pest control,

Title John Opitz Bug-Roach Powder

Description Circular container made of a cardboard body and metal bottom and top. Label is yellow with black writings. Front says "John Opitz Inc." on top followed by the registered trade mark logo "J. O" in a cricle on the center with a picture of two men, one to the left and one to the right of the logo. Right below those pictures "Est'd 1874", then "Bug-Roach Powder". In smaller letters the several insects the product kills are listed, followed by the manufacturer's name and location and a list of the active ingredients. There are 4 small drawings of different bugs distributed in 4 corners on the front. The back has directions of use in 5 different languages. Both the top and bottom are a dark grey metal. The top has 16 small punch holes on an attached circular flat metal piece. They appear to have never been broken. Contents still inside.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2

Circumference 6.25

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker John Opitz, Inc.

Maker Details Blissville, Long Island City, NY, U.S.A.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY832



Date AUG 22,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes There is a significant amount of rust both on the top and bottom metal portions and rims. The silver color of the metal is pretty much covered by a much darker grey color. The cardboard is intact, but the yellow paper label is very dirty having several smudges and dirt spots all throughout the surface, and some tan and small darker stains. Despite the dirty appearance, the label has no tears or scratches and the writing can be read clearly. There are only some fold marks on the label resultant from the cardboard underneath. Powder still inside.