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Make a Time Capsule

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-07-15T17:58:05.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting  Search this
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNPM
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Clippings

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1911-1939
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 1: Personal
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref21
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Invent Your Own Hydroponic Garden

Creator:
Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-11-03T17:23:06.000Z
YouTube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
Topic:
American History  Search this
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LemelsonCenter
Data Source:
Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History
YouTube Channel:
LemelsonCenter
EDAN-URL:
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Facts on Funds, National Council of Negro Women booklet

Creator:
National Council of Negro Women  Search this
Collection Collector:
Whitehead, Henry P. (Prenton), 1917-2002  Search this
Extent:
1 Document (10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches)
Type:
Archival materials
Documents
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
The Henry P. Whitehead collection is the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with the Anacostia Community Museum. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Topic:
African American women  Search this
Collection Citation:
Henry P. Whitehead collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Michael A. Watkins.
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Henry P. Whitehead collection
Henry P. Whitehead collection / Series 3: Tomlinson D. Todd / 3.7: Subject Files / National Council of Negro Women
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-042-ref1900
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Playbill for I'm Not Rappaport

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Booth Theatre, American, founded 1913  Search this
Subject of:
Judd Hirsch, American, born 1935  Search this
Ben Vereen, American, born 1946  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (21.6 x 13.7 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
July 2002
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Comedy (Theatre)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.44
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e7c27d31-e354-4b89-864f-5296302739c1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.44
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The Girl Graduate - Her Own Book

Title:
Scrapbook assembled by Marjorie P. Collins
Created by:
Marjorie P. Collins  Search this
Published by:
Reilly and Lee Co., American, 1918 - 1959  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with leather
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 6 x 1 1/2 in. (22.9 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm)
Type:
scrapbooks
Place made:
Prairie View, Waller County, Texas, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Texas, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1925
Topic:
African American  Search this
Education  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Beatrix Burneston
Object number:
2012.94
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5409aab72-0964-483a-a1b9-77d92f4a383e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.94
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Diary

Collection Creator:
Craton, Forman H., 1902-1983  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1931
Scope and Contents:
Based on a few diary entries, letters to his mother and memory. Divided into Home, Friends, and the General Electric Co. Written in 1973.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Forman H. Craton Collection, 1902-1983, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Forman H. Craton Papers
Forman H. Craton Papers / Series 1: Memoirs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0454-ref258
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Fuller Brush Company Records

Creator:
Fuller Brush Company  Search this
Extent:
32.5 Cubic feet (77 boxes, 1 map-folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Articles
Clippings
Ledgers (account books)
Letters (correspondence)
Motion picture film
Newsletters
Photographs
Printed materials
Programs (documents)
Reports
Sales catalogs
Sales records
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Training manuals
Financial statements
Market surveys
Business records
Place:
Connecticut -- Hartford
Kansas
Date:
1890-2017
Summary:
The collection documents the Fuller Brush Company founded by Alfred C. Fuller in 1906.
Content Description:
The collection documents the Fuller Brush Company from the early years of its existence. The contents include photographs; ledgers; correspondence; internal reports; manufacturing facility studies; quality control reports; financial statements; sales data; company newsletters, some loose and some in bound form; other internal publications; advertising; trade literature; product manuals; catalogs; training manuals and employee handbooks; company annual reports; convention programs and materials; films; materials relating to employee incentives; vinyl records of radio broadcasts; scripts, pressbooks, and other promotional material for motion pictures; informational audio-cassete tapes; contracts, trial testimonies, and other legal papers; industry surveys and marketing campaign proposals; and clippings and printed materials.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into thirteen series. Unless otherwise noted, material is arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Historical background, 1916-2001

Series 2: Corporate records, 1917-2010 (bulk 1973-1976)

Series 3: Marketing, 1941-2013

Series 4: Operational records, 1913-1976 (bulk 1969-1976)

Series 5: Financial materials, 1919-1996

Series 6: Personnel, 1922-1984

Series 7: Sales managers, 1922-1990

Series 8: Distributors, 1921-2006

Series 9: Publications, 1920-1999

Series 10: Product materials, 1912-2017

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1890-2000

Series 12: Press Clippings and Publicity, 1921-2010

Series 13: The Fuller Brush Man and The Fuller Brush Girl, 1947-1953, 2004 (bulk 1947-1952).
Historical:
Founded in 1906 by Alfred C. Fuller in Hartford, Connecticut, the Fuller Brush Company predominately sold a wide range of cleaning products, marketed for personal care, housekeeping, and commercial users. Mostly a direct-selling company, it is perhaps best known for its independent, door-to-door salesmen, a figure referred to in popular culture as "the Fuller Brush Man." Calling on the housewives of America, the Fuller Brush Man would visit households with a gift, flyers, and a case full of samples, with which he would demonstrate the use of cleaning implements of various shapes and sizes. Through techniques such as developing new products based on customer feedback, and providing a satisfaction guarantee by allowing for product returns during the Fuller Brush Man's next visit, the Fuller Brush Company inspired new levels of trust and credibility in direct selling. In return, the company reaped massive profits. During the peak of the company's popularity, in around the 1950s, the Fuller Brush Man was a ubiquitous part of the American landscape, alluded to in comic strips, radio programs, and popular films, such as the 1948 Red Skelton comedy The Fuller Brush Man and the 1950 comedy The Fuller Brush Girl, starring Lucille Ball.

The Fuller Brush Company continually used its resources to promote and establish the identity of the Fuller Brush Man, to its own salespeople as well as the public. Traditional print advertisements were supplemented with extensive publicity coverage, carefully crafted by the Fuller Brush Company's advertising and public relations team. The company fostered a culture of achievable aspiration among new recruits, through in-house publications, which celebrated the accomplishments of fellow dealers, incentive programs, and a career ladder pipeline, which allowed high achieving salesmen to advance from independent dealers to regional sales managers--who were considered formal employees of the Fuller Brush Company. Some sales managers became local celebrities in their districts, adding their own charisma to the development of the Fuller Brush Man--such as New York District's Al Teetsel--whose "Fine and Dandy" personal motto established a cult following. Other Fuller Brush Company salesmen used the Fuller Brush Man's distinctive optimism, pluck, and perseverance to later become celebrities in their own right, such as evangelist Billy Graham, who attributed his high school days as a successful Fuller Brush Man to his future success.

While the Fuller Brush Company is best known for its door-to-door network of Fuller Brush Men, and its household products division, the company experimented with various channels of distribution and other specialized products during its over 100-year history. The Fuller Brush Company produced implements to clean guns during World War II, and in 1945 was honored with the E Award for its war effort contributions. In the 1940s, the Fuller Brush Company introduced female salespeople, or "Fullerettes" to their door-to-door ranks (mostly to promote their Debutante Cosmetics line, released by Daggett & Ramsdell, Inc. in 1948). The company returned to actively recruiting Fullerettes in 1966, and thereafter welcomed distributors of either sex. The company's Machine Division produced the mast for the sailboat "Columbia" in 1958, and in the 1960s, its Marine Division produced items for the maintenance of nautical equipment. Around the 1960s, its Household Division incorporated new items such as vitamins and hormone treatments into its personal care product line. The company experimented with retail brick-and-mortar locations, and, in 1974, instigated a telemarketing program. After 1985, the Fuller Brush Company began to move away from door-to-door sales techniques, redeveloping its sale channel distribution system to include mail order catalogs, a secure sales website for distributors, network-marketing techniques, and a reinterpretation of sales territories for distributors where district territories began to blur in favor of nationwide sales opportunities.

Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, the company remained in the region through the 1960s, though the company shifted locations to larger offices and manufacturing facilities as it grew. In 1960, operational facilities and headquarters moved to a large, custom-built campus in East Hartford, Connecticut. However, in 1968, the company was acquired by the Kitchens of Sara Lee, Inc. (then a part of the Consolidated Foods Corporation). During the 1970s the Fuller Brush Company experienced rapid changes in administration and organization. Under President Nat Zivin, headquarters relocated to Niles, Illinois in 1973. Later the same year, headquarters and operations moved to a large manufacturing facility in Great Bend, Kansas. The company remained a division of Sara Lee until 1989.

The Fuller Brush Company grew to involve multiple subsidiaries, including many that were international. The Fuller Brush Company established a wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary in 1921, called the Fuller Brush Company, Limited. In 1942, the Fuller Brush Company bought out a competitor, the Albany, New York-based Mohawk Brush Company. The "bristlecomb" hairbrush, introduced by the Mohawk Brush Company in 1928, remained one of the Fuller Brush Company's signature products. In 1961, the Fuller Brush Company founded and incorporated Charter Supply Corporation as a wholly-owned Mohawk subsidiary. Charter Products operated as a "private label" division, to rebrand duplicate products. The Fuller Brush Company also owned subsidiaries in Mexico; in 1968, the Fuller Brush Company held 100% interest in House of Fuller, S.A. and Charter de Mexico, S.A., both established in Mexico. Also in 1968, the Fuller Brush Company was a partial owner of House of Fuller (Jamaica), Ltd. The Fuller Brush Company conducted business around the world, including dealings in England, France, Jamaica, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela.

With growth came legal challenges. The Green River Ordinance, established in 1931, placed limits on door-to-door sales. The Fuller Brush Company challenged the ordinance, when it went to the Supreme Court in 1937. Over the course of its history, the Fuller Brush Company weathered lawsuits ranging from trademark disputes to labor treatment complaints from area managers in Puerto Rico.

After the sale by Sara Lee in 1989, the Fuller Brush Company was held by a series of private owners, including Lee Turner and Stuart A. Ochiltree. In June 1994, CPAC, Inc. purchased the company. In 1995, CPAC, Inc. also bought a longtime competitor of the Fuller Brush Company, Stanley Home Products, a company founded in 1929 by Stanley Beverage, a former sales vice president for the Fuller Brush Company. The two companies became siblings under the same parent organization; items from the Stanley Home Products line were sold by Fuller Brush Company distributors, and manufactured at the Fuller Brush Company plant in Great Bend. In 2012, both the Fuller Brush Company and Stanley Home Products filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The companies merged their product lines and catalogs, eliminating equivalent products, to cut costs and streamline operations.

In December 2012, David Sabin and Chicago-based private equity firm Victory Park Capital purchased the Fuller Brush Company. The company headquarters moved to Napa Valley, California. Facing increased financial difficulties, in 2016 the company began to phase out its independent distributor system and domestic manufacturing operations. Around January 2018, the company was sold to Galaxy Brush LLC of Lakewood, New Jersey.
Biographical:
Alfred C. Fuller (January 13, 1885 - December 4, 1973), was founder and first president of the Fuller Brush Company, as well as the "original Fuller Brush Man." He was born in rural Nova Scotia, to parents Leander Joseph Fuller and Phebe Jane Collins. The eleventh of twelve children, Fuller took pride in the resilient and self-sufficient spirit he developed growing up on a Nova Scotian farm, and valued such qualities throughout his life over formal education. Long after his success, he promoted himself as an average man among average men.

In 1903, at age eighteen, Alfred Fuller left his family home in Nova Scotia, and followed siblings who settled in the United States. He moved in with his sister Annie and her husband, Frank Adler, in Somerville, Massachusetts. After a series of odd jobs, Fuller considered trying his hand at selling brushes (he was inspired by a brother, Dwight, who made and sold brushes before his death by tuberculosis in 1901). Alfred discovered a knack for trade; unlike many other direct salesmen at the time, his sales technique emphasized product demonstrations. Eventually, Fuller decided to make his own brushes. He set up a workbench in his sister's basement in January 1906. Four months later, he moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he founded the Fuller Brush Company.

The rapid success of the company, improved Alfred C. Fuller's romantic prospects. With the enthusiastic support of his sister, Annie, Alfred initiated a courtship with a Nova Scotian woman who had formerly caught his eye, Evelyn Ellis. They were married on April 10, 1908. However, the marriage was strained, and they divorced in 1930. In 1932, Alfred Fuller remarried. His second wife, Mary Primrose Pelton, was also Nova Scotian, the daughter of a judge from Yarmouth. They remained together for the rest of his life.

Alfred C. Fuller and his first wife Evelyn had two sons. Alfred Howard was born in 1913 and Avard in 1916. Both would later rise to prominence within the Fuller Brush Company, serving as its second and third presidents. The elder son, Howard, was Fuller Brush Company President from 1943 until 1959. From an early age, Howard challenged his father regarding the direction of the company. With his bold and aggressive personality, Howard was able to institute changes to the company that resulted in higher profits, such as distributing catalogs before the salesman's visit, shortening product demonstrations, prioritizing many small sales over few large sales, and developing other techniques that emphasized speed and efficiency. However, his temperament also contributed to Howard and his wife Dora's untimely deaths. Howard, always interested in thrilling, high-risk pursuits (such as driving sports cars, piloting airplanes, and racing speedboats and sailboats) was cruising through Nevada at 120-miles per hour for a business trip, uncharacteristically accompanied by his wife, when his Mercedes-Benz 300 SL blew a tire. Both Fullers died in the accident.

Following the tragic accident, Avard assumed leadership of the Fuller Brush Company. Avard's more conservative nature ushered in an era of leadership where his father, Alfred C. Fuller, rose in honor and influence with the company. However, Avard relied on traditional sales strategies (such as promoting a culture around the Fuller Brush Man, rather than take a more active strategy toward integrating female distributors) which placed the Fuller Brush Company at a disadvantage with competitors such as Avon Cosmetics. Avard served as President of the Fuller Brush Company until 1969.

Although Alfred C. Fuller never reclaimed presidency of the Fuller Brush Company, he remained chairman emeritus for the duration of his life. A treasured company figurehead, celebrations were held in his honor long after his retirement. In 1956, a testimonial dinner was held where a portrait of Fuller was unveiled in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the Fuller Brush Company. In 1965, Alfred C. Fuller was further honored, when his birthplace was dedicated as a historic landmark. Alfred C. Fuller was known as "Dad" Fuller to the thousands of Fuller Brush Men and Fullerettes who represented the company door-to-door throughout the country, and made frequent appearances in in-house publications and external publicity. Working with Hartzell Spence, Alfred C. Fuller wrote an autobiography, titled A Foot in the Door, published by the McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. in 1960. A practicing Christian Scientist with a devout Methodist mother, Fuller frequently alludes to the influence of his faith in his autobiography. Alfred C. Fuller passed away on December 4, 1973.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Stanley Home Products Collection (AC0788)

Earl S. Tupper Papers (AC0470)

Brownie Wise Papers (AC0509)

Ann and Thomas Damigella Collections (AC0583)

Industry on Parade Film Collection, episodes 66, 217 (AC0507)

Materials at the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collection, includes some Fuller Brush Company catalogs;

The Work and Industry Division, National Museum of American History holds artifacts from the Fuller Brush Company from previous accessions, such as hairbrushes for women and men (including bristlecomb hairbrushes); shower brushes; toothbrushes; combs; a military brush; brush holders; and similar materials. (AG.A.6645-AG.A.6653; AG.A.6656-AG.A.6666; AG.77-FT-15.0523; ZZ.RSN833134).

The Medicine and Science Division, National Museum of American History holds a general purpose cleaning brush, and a bathroom fixtures cleaning brush from a previous accesssion (2006.0098).

National Portrait Gallery holds a portrait of Alfred Fuller.

Materials at Other Organizations

Hagley Museum and Library, Manuscripts and Archives Department

Avon Products Inc., Records, 1880-2012

University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Archives

Columbia Pictures Records, 1934-1974 (collection #93555)

Includes materials related to the Fuller Brush man and Fuller Brush Girl, 1950.
Separated Materials:
Artifacts collected along with the acquisition of archival material are held by the Divisions of Work and Industry, and Medicine and Science.

Separated materials assigned to the Division of Work and Industry include a men's tie; buttons; ashtray; charm; and tape measure. See accession 2018.0089.

Separated materials assigned to Division of Medicine and Science include a bathing brush, a dental plate brush, a women's hair brush, a comb cleaner, and toothbrushes. Some items are maintained in original packaging, or are kept with original paper inserts. See accession 2018.0090.
Provenance:
Collection donated by the Fuller Brush Company through David Sabin, 2018.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Reference copies for audio and moving images materials do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Advertising copy  Search this
Advertising, Point-of-sale  Search this
Broom and brush industry  Search this
Door-to-door selling  Search this
Household supplies  Search this
Print Advertising  Search this
Sales promotion  Search this
Traveling sales personnel  Search this
Manufacturing  Search this
Cosmetics industry  Search this
Industry -- U.S.  Search this
Direct selling  Search this
Businesspeople  Search this
Marketing  Search this
Radio broadcasts  Search this
Product demonstrations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles -- 20th century
Clippings -- 20th century
Ledgers (account books) -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Motion picture film
Newsletters -- 20th century
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 20th century
Printed materials
Programs (documents)
Reports -- 20th century
Sales catalogs
Sales records
Trade catalogs -- 20th century
Trade literature -- 20th century
Training manuals -- 20th century
Financial statements
Market surveys
Business records -- 20th century
Citation:
Fuller Brush Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1459
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Household supplies

Collection Donor:
White, John H., 1933-  Search this
Collection Collector:
White, Charles Baldwin  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 107
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Charles Baldwin White Trademark Collection, 1920-1940, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Charles Baldwin White Trademark Collection
Charles Baldwin White Trademark Collection / Series 2: Trademarks: Objects / 2.1: Civilization
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Travel, Virgin Islands (see also oversized, Box 163)

Collection Creator:
Davis, Benjamin O., Jr., 1912-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
January 1949
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Collection, Acc. 1992.0023, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Collection / Series 2: Military Career / 2.3: Materials Arranged by Posting / 2.3.9: Lockbourne AAB/AAF/AFB (Lockbourne, OH), Base Commander
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1992-0023-ref1846
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Medicines, Health, Sanitation, Household Supplies and Recipes

Collection Creator:
Smith, Myron Bement, 1897-1970  Search this
Collection Source:
Blake, Marion Elizabeth  Search this
Container:
Box 54, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
The Myron Bement Smith Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
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Myron Bement Smith Collection
Myron Bement Smith Collection / Series 1: Papers / 1.7: Iran Research
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-04-ref7132

Personal Business and Estate Records

Collection Artist:
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Extent:
4.1 Linear feet (Boxes 10-14)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1978
Scope and Contents:
Personal business and estate records document Cornell's financial activities in his personal and professional life. The bulk of these records are representative of his later years and include annual recordkeeping of income and expenditures. Through receipts, bills, invoices, tax returns, and financial notations, Cornell kept a record of where various art and household supplies were purchased, which assistants appeared on what days, and what organizations he regularly donated funds. He also kept documentation of income from art sales, earnings from dividends, and other areas of income, including winning the Kohnstamm Prize for Construction at the Art Institute of Chicago's 62rd Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture in 1957. Estate records include plans made with lawyers and family for establishing an Estate to manage his affairs upon his death, as well as attempts to track down the locations of his artworks – from long-term loans in galleries and museums, to individuals and storage units.
Arrangement:
This series is arranged as 2 sub-series:

Personal Business Records, 1950-circa 1972

Estate Records, 1970-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Access to the collection requires an advanced appointment. Contact collection staff at least two weeks prior to preferred date, at AmericanArtCornellStudy@si.edu.

Series 9: Artifacts and Ephemera, Series 13: Personal Library and Book Collection, and Series 14: Record Album Collection, are still undergoing processing and preservation and may not be available for research use. Record albums are unavailable for playback. Contact collection staff for full lists of publications and record albums.
Collection Rights:
Unpublished materials are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.
Collection Citation:
Joseph Cornell Study Center collection, 1750-1980, bulk 1930-1972. Joseph Cornell Study Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Identifier:
SAAM.JCSC.1, Series 4
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Joseph Cornell Study Center Collection
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-saam-jcsc-1-ref3973

[Trade catalogs from Lisk Mfg. Co., Ltd.]

Company Name:
Lisk Mfg. Co., Ltd.  Search this
Related companies:
Lisk-Savory Corp.; Lisk-Savory Corp., Kelley Machine Div.  Search this
Notes content:
"Lisk" self-basting roaster ; metal containers ; household supplies ; enameled cookware ; tea kettles and pots ; enameled hospital and sick room supplies ; white or blue enameled ware ; wash boilers ; dairy pails , milk kettles , and other dairy supplies ; tinware ; hand sprayers ; handheld sprayers ; japanned ware ; "Bo-Peep" japanned ware ; waste baskets ; serving trays ; "sanitary step-on cans" ; galvanized items ; "Luxury Line" enameled ware with chrome plated covers ; "Savory" enameled roasters ; Kelley Machine Div.: "Kelley" power buggy ; portable space heater ; power trowels , power tampers , power floats , other powered contractor's equipment .
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Color images
Physical description:
8 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Canandaigua, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Construction and earth-moving machinery  Search this
Cleaning tools and supplies  Search this
Medical and surgical instruments and supplies  Search this
Ceramics; pottery; glass; crystal; china; bricks; and stones  Search this
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Appliances (household)  Search this
Garden and lawn equipment and supplies  Search this
Materials handling equipment (includes barrels; bottling and filling; casters; chains; etc.)  Search this
Farm equipment and supplies (including dairy and poultry equipment)  Search this
Topic:
Barrels  Search this
Beverage industry  Search this
Bottling  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Cleaning compounds  Search this
Cleaning machinery and appliances  Search this
Construction equipment  Search this
Dairying  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Earthmoving machinery  Search this
Farm equipment  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Garden ornaments and furniture  Search this
Garden tools  Search this
Glass  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Medical instruments and apparatus industry  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Surgical instruments and apparatus industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_27119
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_27119

[Trade catalogs from A. J. Child & Sons Mercantile Co.]

Variant company name:
Established 1874 ; Incorporated 1904  Search this
Company Name:
A. J. Child & Sons Mercantile Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Mail-order house ; farm and household supplies ; groceries, provisions, supplies, etc. ; fencing, roofing, incubators ; paints ; seeds ; oils ; harness. Interesting and colorful covers on most. Date range - 1915-41.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
58 pieces; 15 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Department store; dry goods and mail order catalogs  Search this
Farm equipment and supplies (including dairy and poultry equipment)  Search this
Fuel (includes oil; petroleum; gas; coal; etc.)  Search this
Paint; varnishes; adhesives; coatings; etc.  Search this
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Fences  Search this
Carriages; wagons and accessories  Search this
Agricultural tools and machinery  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Adhesives  Search this
Agricultural implements  Search this
Agricultural machinery  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Carriage and wagon making  Search this
Carriages and carts  Search this
Coal  Search this
Commercial catalogs  Search this
Dairying  Search this
Department stores  Search this
Dry-goods  Search this
Farm equipment  Search this
Fence industry  Search this
Fuel  Search this
Paint industry and trade  Search this
Petroleum  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10873
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10873

The hardware scrap book / compiled by Fowler & Sellars Co., White Plains, N.Y

Compiler:
Fowler & Sellars Co.  Search this
Subject:
Fowler & Sellars Co  Search this
Physical description:
38 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm, in portfolio 33 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
New York (State)
White Plains
Date:
1928
1928-1929
Topic:
Stores, Retail  Search this
Hardware  Search this
Household supplies  Search this
Brand name products  Search this
Wit and humor in advertising  Search this
Call number:
MSS 001856 B
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1083597

[Trade catalogs on retail merchandise : ammunition, baseball equipment, bags, baskets, blacking, boards, books, boxes, brooms, brushes, buckets, burners, can openers, cans, cords, cutlery, cutters, fishing equipment, jars, lamps, lanterns, pails, papers, pencils, pipes, racks, rope, rockers, screens, sieves, traps, trays, tubs, twines, toys, wagons, wax ... ]

Author:
Ault Wooden Ware Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1897
[1897?]-
Topic:
Household supplies  Search this
Pencils  Search this
Brooms and brushes  Search this
Cutlery  Search this
Paper  Search this
Call number:
053699
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_709275

[Trade catalogs on hardware, tools, building materials, foundry equipment, garage equipment, railway supplies, woodworking machinery, electrical apparatus, lighting equipment, machine shop equipment, motor boat equipment, road machinery, fire fighting apparatus, household goods and appliances ... ]

Author:
Woodward, Wight & Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1926
1926-
Topic:
Hardware  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Construction equipment  Search this
Foundries--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Woodworking machinery  Search this
Railroads--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Boats and boating--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Machine shops--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Garages--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Household supplies  Search this
Call number:
050074
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547374

The Patriotic consumer : how to buy American / edited by Anne Grant and Web Burrell ; foreword by William Lynott

Author:
Grant, Anne 1952-  Search this
Burrell, Web  Search this
Physical description:
x, 218 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Household appliances--Purchasing  Search this
Household supplies--Purchasing  Search this
Consumer education  Search this
Buy national policy  Search this
Call number:
TX298.P39 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_438768

[Trade catalogs on spices, extracts and tube flavors; toiletries and health care products; household, farm and medicinal preparations; automobile supplies; home remedies and recipes]

Author:
J.R. Watkins Company  Search this
J.R. Watkins Medical Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<13> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1915
1915?-
Topic:
Spices  Search this
Extracts--Catalogs  Search this
Toilet preparations--Catalogs  Search this
Health products  Search this
Drugs  Search this
Household supplies  Search this
Farm supplies  Search this
Automobile--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Recipes  Search this
Call number:
48356
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_477814

[Trade catalogs on groceries and household supplies: canned goods, imported and domestic wine and liquors; and bakery equipment: mixers, dough conditioners, flour sifters, flour weighing hoppers, automatic water measuring device, sifter blender elevator, dividers, dough rounders, moulder, dough brake, wire cut cookie dropper, cracker machine, dough rollers, apple paring, coring and slicing machine, filtration method, bakery ovens, frialators, creamakers, kettles, cake slicing machine, slicers, wrapper, steam boilers, and donut-filler]

Author:
R.C. Williams & Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<5> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1940
1940?-
Topic:
Groceries  Search this
Household supplies  Search this
Wine and wine making  Search this
Liquors  Search this
Kitchen utensils  Search this
Cooking--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Baking--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Stoves  Search this
Mixers (Kitchen appliances)  Search this
Steam-boilers  Search this
Call number:
48657
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_489077

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