Adjustable Clamp Company, est. 1903

Museum Artifact: Jorgensen Hand Screw Clamps, c. 1950s

Made by: Adjustable Clamp Co., 417 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

Back in 2015, when the Made In Chicago Museum was in its developmental stages, the Adjustable Clamp Company stood out as the rare “feel good” story amidst a sea of shuttered factories, outmoded merchandise, and forgotten dreams. The respected tool manufacturer, which changed its name to Pony Tools in 2013 (adopting the title of one of its’ long-running brands),

Permo Inc. / Fidelitone, est. 1929

Museum Artifacts: Fidelitone Master and Supreme Phonograph Needles and All-Groove Needle Counter Display, 1950s

Made By: Permo, Inc. / Fidelitone, Inc., 6415 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL

Still in business today and headquartered just an hour north of Chicago in the small town of Wauconda, Illinois (Wauconda Forever!), Fidelitone Inc. is technically the same company that Arthur J. Olsen started way back in 1929,

Admiral Corp., est. 1934

Museum Artifact: Admiral Deluxe Table Radio, 1955

Made by: Admiral Corp., 3800 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL

“Here’s a radio you’ll get a tremendous thrill out of owning! So smart, with its golden-mesh metal grille and dial . . . so contrasting in choice of Ivory, Beige, Green or Mahogany cabinet colors. So low-priced for the performance it gives! This is the new radio you have been looking for!”

Inland Glass Works, est. 1922

Museum Artifact: Glass Carafe and Warmer, 1950s

Made By: Inland Glass Works (aka Inland Glass Co.), div. of Club Aluminum Products Co. 6101 W. 65th Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Green River Corporation, est. 1919

Museum Artifact: Green River Soda Carton with 6 Bottles, c. 1950s

Made By: Green River Corporation, 4554 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

White Cap Company, est. 1926

Museum Artifact: Vapor-Vacuum Jar Cap Opener, 1950s

Made By: White Cap Company, 1819 N. Major Ave., Chicago, IL

If you want to start a successful business, invent a solution to one of mankind’s great conundrums. If you want to stay in business, be ready to fix all the new problems your solution creates.

Back in 1930, a small Goose Island start-up called the White Cap Company introduced its “Vapor Vacuum” lid sealing system—a revolutionary new steam-based method for preserving the freshness and flavor of bottled commercial foods.

Bell & Howell Co., est. 1907

Museum Artifacts: Bell & Howell 8mm Magazine Movie Camera 172 (c. 1950), Filmo Auto Load 16mm Movie Camera (1940s), Filmosound 179 16mm Film Projector (1940s), Filmo Projector 57 Model GG (c. 1930s)

Made By: Bell & Howell Co., 1801 W. Larchmont Ave., Chicago, IL

“When you buy a roll of film, it is worth just what you pay for it, and no more.

Republic Molding Corp., est. 1946

Museum Artifact: Polly Flex Tumblers / Plastic Cups, c. 1950s

Made By: Republic Molding Corporation, 6465 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

The Harmony Company, est. 1892

Museum Artifact: Roy Smeck Soprano Ukulele, c. 1950s

Made By: The Harmony Company, 3633 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL

For about 80 years, Chicago’s Harmony Company consistently ranked among the largest producers of stringed instruments in the world. Unfortunately, when we’re talking about “the arts,” such a legacy of quantity can often presume a deficiency in quality—warranted or not.

Sure Seal Products Co., est. 1949

Museum Artifact: Lichten’s Sure Seal Products “Lick Rust” Can, c. 1952

Made By: Lichten Company / Sure Seal Products Co., 1210 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Co., est. 1897

Museum Artifact: Kellogg Redbar 1000 Series Masterphone, 1952

Made By: Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Co., 6650 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL

Widely promoted during the Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Company’s 50th anniversary in 1947, the 1000 Series “Redbar” Masterphone—like the one in our collection—is a bit of a postwar icon. It might not have the rich oak exterior of an early box phone or the brass shimmer of an old candlestick model,

Dexter Sewing Machine Co., est. 1956

Museum Artifact: Dexter Sewing Machine and Booklet, c. 1957

Made By: The Dexter Sewing Machine Co., division of the Grant Company, 2735 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Marshall Field’s Frango Mints, 1929-1999

Museum Artifact: Marshall Field’s Frango Mints Box, c. 1950s

Made By: Marshall Field & Co., 111 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Chicago Screw Company, est. 1872

Museum Artifact: Computer for Heat-Treated Hexagon Head Cap Screws, 1957

Made for: The Chicago Screw Company, div. of Standard Screw Co., Bellwood, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Fannie May Candy Co., est. 1920

Museum Artifact: Fannie May “Kitchen Fresh Candies” box, c. 1950s

Made By: Fannie May Candy Co., 1137 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Rock-Ola MFG Corp., est. 1927

Museum Artifact: Rock-Ola Hi-Fidelity 120 Wall Box, 1953

Made By: Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp., 800 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL

It’s one of the quintessential brand names of American pop culture. Rock-Ola—a word that celebrates and encapsulates both the rock n’ roll explosion of the jukebox’s 1950s golden age and the historic roots of the classic “Victrola” talking machines.

Do-Ray Lamp Co., est. 1920

Museum Artifact: Tiger-Ey No. 100-0 Plastic Truck Reflector, c. 1950s

Made by: Do-Ray Lamp Company, 1458 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

United States Camera Co. / Pho-Tak Corp., est. 1947

Museum Artifact: Vagabond “120” Camera, c. 1951

Made By: United States Camera Co. / Pho-Tak Corporation, 17 N. Loomis St., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

J. F. Kerns Company, est. 1951

Museum Artifact: Liquisan Paint and Varnish Stripper, 1950s

Made By: J. F. Kerns Company, 350 W. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Lady Esther, Ltd., est. 1913

Museum Artifact: Lady Esther Face Powder Boxes, c. 1950s

Made By: Lady Esther, Ltd., 7171 W. 65th St., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.