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Our Latest Hoosier Acquisition and Rare Photo

I put in a lot of road miles this morning. I went to Chicago and came back with a prize. The prize is in the form of a Sellers Kitchen Cabinet. This cabinet was generously donated to the Coppes Commons Kitchen Cabinet Museum by Peter & Denise (Ogdon) Dellva, Glenview, IL. It is Denise’s Grandmother (Elizabeth Rose (McDonald) Ogdon) in the photo shown below as she is working at her Sellers Cabinet in 1943 (see calendar on wall).

Old Photo

 I know, I know, before I get a lot of flak along the lines of, we only made the Napanee line of kitchen cabinets in the Coppes Commons buildings, so they are more important. Let me explain how rare a picture like this is. It’s the only one like it that we have. I have seen a few, but they look staged for an advertising shot. A picture from 1943 showing the cabinet that we now have in the collection is great. Displaying the cabinet along with the photo will make a more interesting experience for any Museum visitor. We are, after all, a Kitchen Cabinet Museum, not just a Coppes-only Cabinet Museum! Here is a photo of the cabinet today.


3 thoughts on “Our Latest Hoosier Acquisition and Rare Photo

  1. What a great photo & generous donation. I have recently acquired 2 of these Sellers cabinets. One is restored & still working on the second one, stripped lots of layers of paint (seems like every color under the rainbow was used through the years )

  2. I just acquired a Hoosier cabinet I wish to know more about it the flour container is March patent date November 28th 1916. I read all about the coopes flower container and how it was made 4 cabinets in the 1920 I see no other markings on it if I send you a picture is there anyway you can tell me more about it thank you sue

  3. Hi Sue. You can email our historian, Bill, regarding this. His email is

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