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Object ID 003561

Object Name Putnam Fadeless Dyes box

Object Desc Metal box with front cover that swings up. Says "Putnam Fadeless Dyes" on the front and back. Front has a picture of a man running away from soldiers on horseback.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003181

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Sewing


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Putnam Fadeless Dyes,Munroe Drug Co.,dyes,

Title Putnam Fadeless Dyes box

Description Large metal box with front cover that swings up. On the front cover and on the back it says in blue, green, and red font "Putnam Fadeless Dyes Each Package Colors Wool, Silk, Cotton & Mixed Goods Made Only By Munroe Drug Co. Quincy, ILL." Both sides also have a picture of a man riding away from British soldiers on horseback. On the inside of the front cover are descriptions of all of the dye colors and instructions on how to use the dyes. Inside the box are little wooden shelves containing packets of dye, there are 89 dye packets of various colors. The shelves are labeled according to color. The top and sides of the box are painted white.


Approx Collection Date

Height 11

Length 16

Width 7.75

Depth 6

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Depth is depth of the shelves.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Munroe Drug Company

Maker Details Founded in 1876 by E.N. Munroe in Unionville, then moved to Quincy, IL in 1907. Renamed the Munroe Chemical Company in 1927.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3181



Date SEP 4,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Julia Kunas

Notes Front, back and right side are in good condition. Left side paint has rubbed off significantly. Some of the dye packs are in very good condition, others have labels peeling off. One of the top corners is slightly dented.