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Seller: bottleboyrobert (3,148) 99.4%, Location: Hyannis, Massachusetts, Ships to: US, Item: 323939054661 Antique, Original, Hard-Shell Advertising "Patent-Medicine" Medicated Bar Soap, Package. SEABURY + JOHNSON NEW YORK. Maybe Early 1900s. Great, Vintage Advertising~!! CONDITION: The Item is in Very Good, Over-All, Antique, New England "Estate-Found" Condition w/ Some Usage Roughness in Spots + Some Age-Toning. Photos are Accurate. Very Clean + Very Nice~!! t was 1861, the American Civil War had just started, and sixteen-year-old Robert Wood Johnson, the future founder of Johnson & Johnson, was travelling from his home state of Pennsylvania to upstate New York. He was on his way to start his apprenticeship as a drug clerk in Wood & Tittamer, an apothecary shop in Poughkeepsie belonging to his mother’s family. The apprenticeship was his parents’ idea. Sylvester and Louisa Johnson already had two older sons serving with the Pennsylvania Volunteers and the Union Army, and they were reluctant to have a third son join the conflict. Their decision had far-reaching consequences, because Robert was so influenced by his pharmacy experience that he made health care his career. ward the end of 1864, Robert completed his apprenticeship and got a job as an order clerk in a well-known wholesale drug firm, Rushton & Aspinwall, in lower Manhattan. Johnson set out on his own as a broker and importer of drugs and chemicals, with his own office (actually, it was just a desk) in a building on Platt Street. There he met slightly older fellow drug broker George J. Seabury, whose plans to become a physician had been interrupted by the Civil War. Seabury was from a prominent family and had served in one of New York’s regiments during the conflict. In 1873 George Seabury and Robert Wood Johnson decided to go into business together as…you guessed it…Seabury & Johnson. Seabury became president and Johnson was corporate secretary and sales manager. their business grew, it moved from Platt Street to South Brooklyn, and then to East Orange, New Jersey, where you can still visit the old Seabury & Johnson buildings, still standing today. Seabury & Johnson was by then a well-respected medical products business, known for the quality of its medicated plasters. In fact, one of the reasons Robert Wood Johnson was at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia -- where he heard Sir Joseph Lister speak about antiseptic surgery -- was because Seabury & Johnson was awarded a prize for its product exhibition there. Inspired by Lord Lister, Robert Wood Johnson wanted to mass-produce aseptic gauze and dressings for physicians to use in sterile surgery; George Seabury wanted to concentrate on expanding the Company’s existing medical plaster business instead. In 1876, George Seabury decided to bring his brother into the business, which led Robert Wood Johnson to hire two brothers, Edward Mead Johnson that same year and James Wood Johnson in 1878. (Since James Wood Johnson, with his engineering talents, went on to build machinery that solved many of the problems in medicated plaster manufacturing, this turned out to be an excellent decision.) Seabury had resigned himself to having two Johnson brothers join the business, but he became downright alarmed when he found out that Johnson actually had five brothers, and he worried that Johnson would hire the rest of them. (He didn’t.) Both partners had strong ideas and opinions about the direction of the business, which led to some interesting discussions and later, to many colorful disagreements that were noted in the minutes of their meetings. As corporate secretary, Robert Wood Johnson kept the meeting minutes and he didn’t hesitate to put his own observations into the company’s official record. As time went on, Seabury frequently added his own comments to the margins when he disagreed with what Johnson had written. In 1884 they started talking about breaking up the partnership, which alarmed Edward Mead Johnson enough to cause him to leave the business. In January of 1885, Seabury refused to attend the annual stockholder meeting. (There were only two stockholders: Seabury and Johnson.) On July 10 there was yet another disagreement about the way meeting minutes were being recorded. Finally, on July 18, 1885, Johnson resigned from the business and sold his half-interest to Seabury, the payment being made mostly by promissory notes. Johnson had to agree not to enter the medical products business for ten years. James Wood Johnson resigned the same day. Condition: Used, Condition: Very Good, Over-All, Antique, New England "Estate-Found" Condition w/ Some Usage Roughness in Spots + Some Age-Toning. Photos are Accurate. Very Clean + Very Nice~!!, Country/Region of Manufacture: United States, Featured Refinements: Antique Advertising Tin

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