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Advertising notepad

Object Number: 
2012.16.7
Date: 
1899
Medium: 
Celluloid
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 13/16 x 2 1/2 in. (12.2 x 6.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Front text: COMPLIMENTS / OF / FAIRCHILD BROS. / & / FOSTER / NEW YORK. / PLEASE SEND US MEMORANDA OF ANY "FAIRCHILD" GOODS WHICH YOU MAY HAVE IN STOCK IN UNSALABLE CONDITION OR SLOW OF SALE. WE SHALL BE PLEASED TO EXCHANGE THEM OR SEND CHEQUE AS YOU MAY PREFER Back text: FAIRCHILD'S / ESSENCE OF PEPSINE / MEANS A / RELIABLE, DEFINITE AND WELL TRIED / PRODUCT / WHEREVER DISPENSED. / THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO., NEWARK, N.J.
Description: 
Advertising notepad with celluloid front and back covers. Front cover text reads: COMPLIMENTS / OF / FAIRCHILD BROS. / & / FOSTER / NEW YORK. / PLEASE SEND US MEMORANDA OF ANY "FAIRCHILD" GOODS WHICH YOU MAY HAVE IN STOCK IN UNSALABLE CONDITION OR SLOW OF SALE. WE SHALL BE PLEASED TO EXCHANGE THEM OR SEND CHEQUE AS YOU MAY PREFER Back cover text reads: FAIRCHILD'S / ESSENCE OF PEPSINE / MEANS A / RELIABLE, DEFINITE AND WELL TRIED / PRODUCT / WHEREVER DISPENSED. / THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO., NEWARK, N.J. First few pages include calendars for the years 1899, 1900, and 1901. Useful information contained in this book: Summary of War Revenue Law of 1898, As Passed June 13. Special Taxes In Effect July 1, 1898. Imposed Annually. / Documentary Stamp Taxes In Effect July 1, 1898 / Proprietary Stamp Taxes In Effect July 1, 1898.
Gallery Label: 
Celluloid, the first entirely synthetic plastic, was invented by John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1920) of Albany in 1869. It is created from nitrocellulose and camphor along with dyes and other agents. Hyatt first developed the material as a less expensive alternative to ivory in the production of billiard balls. Hyatt's invention was patented in 1869 and subsequently used for a wide range of objects, both in imitation of expensive animal products like ivory, horn, and tortoiseshell, and also as an inexpensive medium for objects such as dresser sets, jewelry, picture frames, and advertising giveaways. Celluloid, which is both flammable and fragile, was gradually supplanted by the stronger Bakelite in the 1920s. Celluloid continues to be used today for making Ping Pong balls and guitar picks.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dadie and Norman Perlov and Daughters
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group