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Object ID 001892

Object Name Sanford's Inks wood sign

Object Desc Wood sign for Sanford's Inks with a red wood frame. Gold medal tacks around edges. Wire on back for hanging.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002046

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 7

Object Date

Start Year Range 1920s

End Year Range 1946

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Sanford brand,Sanford Ink Company,ink,signs,advertising,crates,

Title Sanford's Inks wood sign

Description Framed piece of wood with embossed red lettering for Sanford's Inks. Plain wood with gold medal tacks around edges. Text reads, "Sanford's / Inks / Chicago - New York". Frame tooks handmade, either painted red or had red tape around edges. On back, wire horizontally across with metal tacks attaching it. Additional piece of wood attached on back.


Approx Collection Date

Height 10

Length 0

Width 16.5

Depth 0.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Sanford Ink Company

Maker Details In 1857, Frederick W. Redington and William H. Sanford, Jr. founded the Sanford Manufacturing Company. In 1866, they moved to Chicago. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed their Chicago Location, but they rebuilt the facilities. In 1896, the company opened officies in New York. In the early 1940s, the name was changed to the Sanford Ink Compnay. In 1947, they moved to Bellwood, IL. The company today is owned by the Newell Company.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2046



Date APR 3,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Use caution when handling, sharp edges on wire on back. Wood sign is loose in frame. The wood sign has surface scratches. Cracked horizontally across just below center. White marks on right edge about 3" from top edge. Divot with loss at lower right corner. Crack in wood horizontally just above center, but does not appear to go completely through the wood. At top edge on frame appears to be red tape stuck to wood. Unsure if wood was painted red or if it is accretions from red tape. Piece is crooked and warped. Frame is separated at lower left corner. On back, another piece of wood may be nailed or glued to the wood sign. Surface scratches and dents on back.


Date APR 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 7 from Room 7, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin