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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Use Sapolio for all cleaning!
Text on verso: 'Nails and Proverbial Philosophy. 1.--Stubborn but reliable. Economical. 'Thrift is a good revenue.' Sapolio is cheaper than dirt.'
David S. Brown & Company, Soap Makers & Perfumers, New York
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.'
Eureka Granulated Soap
Text on recto: 'Elegant soap. Eureka Granulated Soap. Made by Tucker & Bryant, New Bedford, Mass.' Card has depiction of the Colossus of Rhodes.
Baum's Castorine
Text on recto: 'Endorsed by all express Co's Cartmen & Hackmen who claim it to be the only practical Axle Oil ever manufactured.' Text on verso cover: 'Wears twice as long as castor oil or grease...'
Bush & Co. Soap Manufacturing Company billhead
Includes picture of Bush & Co. building.
Binghamton Soap Works billhead
Billhead with illustration of factory. Sold 'Success' brand soap. Purchased from Great Valley Archives, Frazer PA, Nov. 1996.
Retail statement of account
Billhead of Burke, FitzSimons, Hone & Co., Importers and Jobbers of Dry Goods, Notions & Fancy Goods. Also Carpets and Oil Cloths.
Cornwall & Brother letterhead
Cornwall & Brother, Manufacturers of Soap and Candles
F.W. Devoe & Co. billhead
Billhead includes image of F.W. Devoe & Co. Paint Works on Horatio and Jane Streets, New York.
Tax Stamp for retail dealer in oleomargarine issued in Bedford, Ohio
U.S.I.R. Special Tax Stamp for Retail Dealer in Oleomargarine, $48.00.
Tax Stamp for wholesale dealer in oleomargarine issued in Philadelphia, Pa.
United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamp for Wholesale Dealer in Oleomargarine, $480.00.
Huile d'Olive Superfine (Superfine Olive Oil)
Engraver's proof of product label.