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.
Text on verso: 'Pure Olive Oil for salads. S. Rae & Co's Lucca Oil is not only strictly pure Oil of Olives, but it is pressed from the most perfectly ripened fruit of Tuscany, Italy. Consumers wanting Olive Oil for salads or medicinal uses may rely upon this brand being free from adulteration with cotton seed or any other oil.'
Text on recto: 'Uncle Sam supplying the world with Berry Bros. Hard Oil Finish.' Text on verso: 'Berry Brothers Varnish Manufacturers, Detroit, Mich...For sale by J.D. Orcutt, dealer in Drugs, Paints, Oils, Varnishes, etc., Painted Post, N.Y.'
Text on verso cover: 'Compressed Concentrated Rennet Powder...Hansen's Unrivaled Rennet Tablets. Strong, Pure, Uniform.' Text from inside cover: 'Hansen's Danish Butter Color: The Original and Best. Endorsed by the highest dairy authorities in Europe and America...Has strong coloring properties. Color will not fade as the cheese ripens.'
Text on recto: 'The dirt killer. Will not injure hands or fabric.' Text on verso: 'Makes hard water soft, and splendid soft soap, it takes the place of Hard Soap, Sal Soda, Borax and all other Cleansing Preparations, in the Laundry, Kitchen, workshop and EVERYWHERE...'
Text on verso: 'Presented by David S. Brown and Company New York who Manufacture the largest & most Complete line of Toilet Soaps in the Country Also a fine line of Toilet Extracts Lawn Lilac a specialty.'
Text on verso: 'The Camden & Phila. Soap Co of Camden, N.J. Will present (through the Grocers that sell their Soaps) a set of these beautiful cards to every on who purchases (at one time) Four Bars of their XXX Borax Soap.
Text on recto: 'Shaving Made Easy Use Whittemore's Orient Shaving Soap.' Text on verso: 'Use Whittemore's Bayberry Glycerine Soap for the Skin and Complexion. Use Whittemore's Lava Soap for Office or Home Use in Removing Ink and other Stains.'
Text on verso: 'Swift's 'Premium' Oleomargarine is made from essentially the same ingredients as creamery butter, though by a mechanical process. It costs about one-third less than butter, and effects a material saving in your butter bill.'