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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

History of Iowa Novelty Company

Iowa Novelty Co. of Burlington, Iowa, made average quality cement edgers, groovers, and related tools in nickel-plated cast iron, bronze, and steel. Their other products included the Perfect Fruit Jar Wrench, Genuine Swedish Sleigh Bells, and the Brutus Stove Pipe Holder. Iowa Novelty products were advertised in the 1906-1910 period. A brief article in 1910 said that Kewanee Foundry and Manufacturing Co. of Illinois had bought Iowa Novelty Co., but no others details are available. Another Iowa Novelty Co. was in Cedar Rapids, selling slot machines and vending machines.

Iowa Novelty products in 1907
Iowa Novelty 1910 advertisement

Iowa Novelty bronze groover No. 26

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