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Object ID 003010

Object Name Burma-Shave

Object Desc A glass jar with Burma-Shave.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002707a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 3, Shelf 5

Object Date

Start Year Range 1925

End Year Range 1960

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Burma-Shave,shaving,jars,

Title Burma-Shave

Description A glass jar with vertical edging and the Burma-Shave logo. The bottom of the glass has "Made in U.S.A. Minneapolis Burma-Vita Company; 16 oz. one pound" Half of the white powdered balls inside has disintegrated into powder, but a few still hold their shape. The lid is metal in cream with a blue edge and blue text. Lists instructions, weight, and manufacturer information.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.19

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2.75

Circumference 8.64

Weight 16

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Burma-Vita Co.

Maker Details Clinton Odell owned the Burma-Vita company located in Minneapolis. They introduced Burma-Shave in 1925. The company was known for its creative road-side advertising during the 1930s until the 1960s. Phillip-Morris bought the company in 1963 and there was a cease in production. The American Safety Razor Company reintroduced Burma-Shave in 1997.

Maker Mark Burma-Shave on side of jar


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Image Caption CMY2707A-C



Date FEB 22,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The jar has no cracks. There are a few small chips and scratches on the bottom. The metal lid has some tarnishing on the edges and a few scratches on its face. Half of the powdered balls on the inside have disintegrated into powder.


Date AUG 1,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 3, Shelf 5 from Room 3 - automatic entry by admin