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Library of Congress photograph.
Letter openers with small knife in the handles. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Pencil topper pocket advertising MILL-O-CIDE
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

MIDLAND CHEMICAL LABORATORIES. The 1911-12 Dubuque City Directory listed the corner of Jones and Main.

The 1915 Dubuque City Directory listed 170 Jones.

The 1923 through 1970 Dubuque City Directory listed 210-20 Jones and the name had become Midland Laboratories.

The 1972 through 1977 Dubuque City Directory listed 210 Jones.

Photo courtesy: Craig Norton
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Ink blotter advertisement.
Photo courtesy: Diane Harris
Empossed soap dispenser.
Knife carried by the grandfather of Hal Watins. Photo courtesy: Hal Watkins
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding