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Photographs from the Papers of Howard B. Bishop


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Howard B. Bishop attended the Armour Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan and, after a brief involvement in running a photographic studio and working for smaller chemical firms, began working for the General Chemical Company as an analytical chemist in 1902. During this time he patented several important processes and inventions, including a new method for the production of Hydrofluoric Acid and the Electrotitrimeter, a device for measuring percentages of acid. Bishop also co-founded several small consulting and manufacturing businesses, including the Laurel Hill [L.I.] Laboratory Analytical Council, a group designed to study and brainstorm solutions to everyday industrial problems, and the Sterling Products Company of Easton, Pennsylvania. Between 1921 and 1929, Bishop was also President of the John C. Wiarda Chemical Company, a small chemical works in Brooklyn, New York, that specialized, as did Sterling, in chemicals useful to the laundry industry. In 1940, Bishop sold his interest in Sterling and focused instead on social welfare issues. An ardent campaigner against smoking and drinking, Bishop founded the Human Engineering Foundation to propagate his anti-alcohol, anti-nicotine, and anti-caffeine views. While running the foundation, he also managed a small consulting and commercial firm, Service Engineering Company. Bishop died in Summit, New Jersey after a brief illness on February 6, 1961.

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This collection consists of snapshots of Bishop's family and friends, as well as some photographs from his professional career. Candid family photos when Bishop's son Vernon was a baby are included along with images of his wife and other family members. Also contained in the collection are a series of images of a flood, showing several houses almost completely underwater. A couple of staged portraits of children may be from Bishop's photographic studio. Bishop's first patented invention, the electrotitrimeter is documented in a few photographs. Rounding out the collection are travel photographs documenting a trip to Australia and exterior shots of some of the places Bishop worked.

Separated from the Papers of Howard B. Bishop, 1885-1963 (bulk 1902-1960); Gift of Vernon Bishop, 2004.

Source of acquisition--Bishop, Vernon. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2004.

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