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Title Draftsman's Outfit, INKOFF. Made by K&E Co., N.Y. (Hoboken), n.d., ca. 1920-1936.
Object Name Ink Eradicator
Catalog Number 2010.007.0009
Collection Keuffel & Esser Company Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Description Draftsman's Outfit, INKOFF. Manufactured by Keuffel & Esser Co., New York. No date, circa 1920-1936.

Cylindrical wood case, 2-3/8" diameter x 4-1/4" high, with screw-off wood cap (pine, shellacked, original printed label not present.

Kit as received lacking the wiping cloth and the printed label on the wood tube. Tube held contents which was a clear glass bottle, 1-7/16" diameter x 2-1/2" high plus rubber stopper, ca. 1-2 ounces (but not stated), with printed wrap-around label with product name and directions; 5 cotton felt blotters with printed top, 1-7/8" high x 4" wide; illustrated product pamphlet depicting and promoting item plus instructions, 3-1/8" wide x 6" high, [4] pp. Not present: wiping cloths as listed in outfit.

N.B. - bottle of eradicating fluid has circa 1/4 of its contents, possibly original. Keep closed and upright.
N.B. - paper items are stored separately from the objects in archives under the same record number.

Text on label front: INKOFF; (Patented); Practically Coloress for removing Black Waterproof Drawing Ink from the dull side of Tracing Cloth. Manufactured by Keuffel & Esser Co., New York.

Summary directions appear on the back and wrap around to cover about two-thirds of the label.

The pamphlet or as they called it , circular, does state "General Office and Factories, Hoboken, N.J." and lists the branch houses that existed before 1936. No patent number appears on the label. printed pamphlet or catalogs.

No product number printed on items. Product number 3016 as found in catalogs. This ink eradictor was apparently introduced just after World War I and first appears in the 36th edition catalogue of 1921 although it is listed in an April 1920 price list for the 35th edition catalog. In the bottle size and shape seen here and as an outfit (or kit) it last appears in the 37th edition of 1927. As seen in the 1936 38th edition, it has a differently shaped bottle, was not listed as an outfit and was given a new product number referencing the old numbers (3016 and 3017 as single bottle of INKOFF.)
Date 1920-1936
Year Range from 1920
Year Range to 1936
Search Terms K & E
Keuffel & Esser Co.
Caption outfit as received with all elements
Imagefile 073\20100070009.JPG
Classification Manufacturing
Business & Commerce