Carter Litchfield photographs and ephemera on the history of fatty materials

About this collection

As an organic chemist, Carter Litchfield (1932-2007) studied and specialized in edible fats. Over the course of his career, Litchfield built an important collection about the history of fats and fatty materials. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. The online collection is a curated selection of items and primarily includes paper ephemera such as ration stamps, tax stamps, and trade cards. There are also items relating to the Prussian chemist, Julius Lewkowitsch (1857-1913), whose collection Litchfield acquired. For a detailed description of the collection, click here for photographs and ephemera and here for manuscripts and archives.

    Image: Fairchild and Shelton's Ozone Soap trade card. Click to view object.

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Cotton Publishing Co. billhead
Cotton: A Technical Journal Devoted to Cotton, its Utilization and Products.
J.E. Crandall billhead
J.E. Crandall, Dealer in Lumber, Paints, Oils, Lath, Sash, Doors, Coal, Tile, Cement, All kinds of building materials. Billhead includes illustration of Heath & Milligan Mfg. Co.'s Prepared Paint.
C.S. Crane & Co. billhead
C.S. Crane & Co., Dealers in Flour, Patent Refined Mould Candles, Tallow, Hides, Calf, Lamb and Sheep Skins. Billhead includes illustration of a candle factory and printing company.
F.W. Devoe & Co. billhead
Billhead includes image of F.W. Devoe & Co. Paint Works on Horatio and Jane Streets, New York.
Butterine Department billhead
Jacob Dold Packing Company: Makers of the Finest Grade of Butterine.
Kelly, Dunne & Co. billhead
Kelly, Dunne & Co. Importers, Manufacturers and Dealers in Paints, Oils, Glass, Varnishes and Brushes.
Charles R. Allen letterhead
Charles R. Allen, Broker & Distributer. Letterhead contains illustration of Cotton Bloom Shortening container.
Invoice on illustrated letterhead
Invoice for paints and linseed oil. Picture of factory.
Argentine Linseed Oil Compound
Letter selling Argentine Linseed Oil Compound, a cheaper substitute for linseed oil.
Illustrated letterhead from Eavenson & Sons Toilet & Laundry Soaps
Letter to customer. Letterhead contains image of Eavenson & Sons Toilet & Laundry Soaps, Perfumes building.
Government Inspection Guarantees Its Quality. Columbus Oleomargarine: The Purest Spread for Bread.
Collection of Advertising Ephemera for Capital City Oleomargarine Brands
The Whole Family Enjoys It. Columbus Oleomargarine: The Purest Spread for Bread
Collection of Advertising Ephemera for Capital City Oleomargarine Brands
In A Field of Our Own. Purity Oleomargarine: The Purest Spread for Bread.
Collection of Advertising Ephemera for Capital City Oleomargarine Brands
In the Limelight of Public Opinion. Columbus Oleomargarine: The Purest Spread for Bread.
Collection of Advertising Ephemera for Capital City Oleomargarine Brands
Chiris Olive Oil
Colored poster stamp advertising Chiris olive oil, probably imported from France.
Private postage stamp for mail boat service
Company postage stamp required on outgoing mail.
Postage stamp from Cyprus depicting olive crushing mill
Traditional edge runner mill used to crush olives in oil mills.
Israeli Postage Stamp Depicting Olives
Stamp depicts stylized olive branch.
Israeli postage stamp depicting olives and olive oil
Stamp depicts olive branch and olive crushing mill.
Poster Stamp for Pratana Margarine
Pictures child asking mother for another slice of Pratana-spread bread.
Russian commemorative stamp depicting flax plant
Full sheet (50 stamps) of 1964 stamp depicting the flax plant in flower and with flaxseed pods.
Cottonseed meal tax stamps
State tax stamps for cottonseed meal.
Possible hemp roller stones
Located at Pennsylvania Farm Museum, Lancaster, PA. March 1977.
Possible hemp roller stones
Located at the Pennsylvania Farm Museum, Lancaster PA. March 1977.

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