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Object ID 002262

Object Name Wadhams Bonded Motor Oil

Object Desc Yellow and green painted medal container with rounded edges, capped opening, and moving handle. Still contains liquid.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001735

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 automobile,car maintenance,motor oil,Wadhams Oil Company,oil,cans,

Title Wadhams Bonded Motor Oil

Description Yellow and Green metal motor oil container with rounded edges. top has handle and opening with cap screwed on. Front & back: "2 U.S. gallons, Wadhams bonded motor oil, Wadhams Oil Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin" Side 1: Description of oil Side 2: "Bonded"


Approx Collection Date

Height 10

Length 8.75

Width 5.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Height 12.00" when handle extended

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 CMY1735



Date MAY 22,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Dylan Kite

Notes Dents, chipped paint, smudges, and grime accumulation present.