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John Clark Sheehan was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on September 23, 1915. Sheehan studied chemistry and political science at Battle Creek College and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1941. After receiving his Ph.D., Sheehan worked as a senior research chemist at Merck & Co. in Rahway, NJ under the direction of Max Tishler and was a Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1952. Following his tenure at M.I.T., Sheehan worked in the E.R. Squibb Research and Development Laboratories in New Brunswick, NJ and served as a consultant and chairman to several Presidential Scientific Advisory Committees throughout the 1960s. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society, Sheehan is best known for his research on synthetic penicillin, which paved the way for the development of customized forms of antibiotic capable of targeting specific bacteria. John Clark Sheehan died on March 21, 1992 in Key Biscayne, Florida.
This collection consists of twenty-four illustrated color postcards advertising the products and services of the Eastman Organic Chemicals Department (Division of the Eastman Kodak Company). Dating from the 1950s and 1960s, the postcards feature cartoon depictions of humorous laboratory scenes captioned with such taglines as "It's better to get it from Eastman;" "Maybe Eastman has a better method" and "Have You Tried Eastman?" Each postcard is postmarked from Rochester, NY and includes a brief summary of Eastman's available stock of chemical compounds as they pertain to the "chemical businessman." The advertisements were collected by John C. Sheehan during his tenure at the E.R. Squibb Research and Development Laboratories in New Brunswick, NJ and serve as an engaging visual record of mid-century advertising from a significant American company.
Gift of John C. Sheehan, 1984.
The entirety of this collection has been digitized and is available online in our Digital Collections: https://digital.sciencehistory.org/collections/2ehzvx1
Source of acquisition--Sheehan, John C. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1984. Accession number--Old accession 84:06.
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