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Object ID 002255

Object Name Badger Lubricant

Object Desc Red cylindrical metal tin. Unpainted lid cannot be removed.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001729

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Automotive


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Garage Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Badger Lubricant,Wadhams Oil Company,automobile,car maintenance,grease,cans,

Title Badger Lubricant

Description Red metal cylindrical tin with unpainted lid. Lid reads: "Badger Lubricant, trade mark, manufactured by Wadhams Oil compnay, Milwaukee, WIIS, U.S.A." features Badger Lubricant logo. Sides read: "Badger Regining Co's. Badger Lubricant, trade mark, manufactured by Wadhams Oil Company, Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A." Features Badger Lubricant logo. Product/company description. "NO. 3" printed on side.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.75

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5.25

Circumference 16.25

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Wadhams Oil Company

Maker Details Wadham's Oil and Grease Company of Milwaukee was a chain of filling and service stations based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early 20th century. Their refinery was in Indiana. The company was headed by Harger W. Dodge who assumed leadership from his father-in-law in 1916. He saw the potential in offering a convenient way for automobile owners to fill their cars with gasoline. Dodge would build off-street filling stations with underground tanks for the gasoline, and electric pumps to dispense it. Wadham's was purchased by Vacuum Oil Company in 1930. Vacuum Oil was then acquired by Socony, which later became Mobil.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1729



Date MAY 22,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Dylan Kite

Notes Considerable staining and fading makes label hard to read. Dented, scuffed, and tarnished lid.