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Object ID 001035

Object Name Log Cabin Tin House

Object Desc This tin house made by J.L. Clark has a green roof and bottom, and is made to look like a log cabin. Where a doorway should be in a circle to the inside of the tin house.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000909

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hallway Shelf 1

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords J.L. Clark,metal toys,log cabin,toys,

Title Log Cabin Tin House

Description Standing at about 4" high this tin log cabin had a green roof and green bottom. It has a window on either side, and a mock doorway on the front. Where a door should open in a circle. The back of the log cabin says "J.L. Clark MFG,Co. Rockford, ILL"


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 3.5

Width 3.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details CMY909 measures at 4" high by 3.5" long and a width of 3.25". The whole in the front measures at 1"across.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker J.L. Clark

Maker Details J.L.Clark was the inventor of the "Gem Flue Stopper," an inventive device that was used to plug up the hole in a wall when a stovepipe was removed. J.L.Clark opened a small manufacturing plant to produce his product, and when he died in 1919, the company had sold more than 10 million Gem Flue Stoppers. From the scrap metal left by punching out the flue stoppers, Mr. Clark began producing small salve tins called Gem ointment boxes, the first of many J.L.Clark consumer packaging solutions. As business grew, new products were added and lithography became an essential part of the Clark business. Demand for their high-quality work led them to grow, and a new plant was completed Thanksgiving week 1911.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY909



Date OCT 23,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Emily Piekarz

Notes Old looking, but overall the color is still fresh and not missing or chipping.


Date OCT 25,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway shelf from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 1 from Hallway shelf - automatic entry by admin