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Object ID 002691

Object Name Universal Top Notch washboard

Object Desc The Universal Top Notch Soap Saving Washboard, sanitary front drain, National Washboard Co., National No 134.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002367

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Hardware


Source Category Donation

Accession Date JUL 10,2014

Credit/Acknowledgement Tim Kroening

Location Hardware Store

Object Date 1930s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords washboard,laundry,National Washboard Co.,Universal brand,

Title Universal Top Notch washboard

Description Washboard created by the National Washboard Co., National No. 134, presence of dowel in side indicates it was manufactured in Saginaw, called The Universal, Top Notch, Soap Saving, Sanitary Front Drain, wooden frame with zinc washboard


Approx Collection Date

Height 26

Length 2

Width 13.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker National Washboard Co.

Maker Details Founded in 1897, received patent for washboards from U.S. Patent Office in 1908, no longer in business

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2367



Date AUG 6,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Some edgewear, corners dented, some discoloration near nails, paint and design in good condition


Date AUG 6,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 6,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hardware Store from Room 4, Shelf 1 - automatic entry by admin