Quality Chemical Company Collection

A Guide to the Quality Chemical Company Collection, c.1920 Ms.2010.039


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Carmen Boggs-Parker

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2010.039
Title
Quality Chemical Company Collection,c.1920
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Quality Chemical Company
Language
The material in the collection is in English.
Abstract
The collection contains a promotional letter, a special offer flyer, a catalog of chemicals, and an order blank and addressed envelope from the Quality Chemical Company of Detroit, Michigan.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Quality Chemical Company Collection, Ms2010-039, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Quality Chemical Company Collection was purchased by Special Collections in 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Quality Chemical Company Collection commenced and was completed in June, 2010.


Historical Note

The Quality Chemical Company was founded by Harold C. Breckenridge in Detroit, Michigan.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a promotional letter, a "special starting offer" flyer, an order blank and addressed envelope, and a catalog of chemicals for food flavors, polishes, cleaners, medicinal products, and cosmetics from the Quality Chemical Company of Detroit, Michigan.

The promotional materials detail an offer to "Make Big Money!" by purchasing concentrated chemicals from the Quality Chemical Company. According to the catalog, the chemicals will arrive at the purchaser's house in concentrated form and all that is needed is to "Just add water" to "make flavors, lotions, shampoos, etc." The purchaser will bottle and sell the mixture under the purchaser's own name. The catalog promises that the purchaser will be able to "Run a home factory" and "Be your own boss." Some of the chemicals offered in the catalog include: Chef Brand Spice and other flavors made from natural oils, Hi-Hat quality food flavors, Delora Alice lotions, perfumes, shampoos, and cosmetics, Magic Livestock Spray, and Quality Brand Aspirin Tablets.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Food Technology and Production
  • History of Food and Drink

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Quality Chemical Company Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Letter, flyer, catalog, order blank, and envelope,
c.1920