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Collection of Adolph Schwartz German apothecary


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Adolph Schwartz was born circa 1845 in Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1870 with his wife Margaret Schwartz. The couple lived in Brooklyn, New York. Schwartz opened his apothecary shop at the corner of Atlantic and Third Avenues which he owned and operated for 53 years.

Collection comprises: photographs of Adolph Schwartz, letters addressed to Adolph and his wife Margaret, label samples for apothecary jars and bottles, notes, and business stationary.

Sold by Period Americana [Boston, MA.], 2020. Acuired with the Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection (University of Pennsylvania).

Accessioned as 2020.000173. Samantha Dodd processed, wrote and encoded the finding aid, 2023.


University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Samantha Dodd
Finding Aid Date
2023 August 2
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Adolph Schwartz German apothecary labels samples album, undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Small lined notebook with sample labels glued in. Labels include: address and pharmacy labels for Adolph Schwartz German Apothecary, labels for poisonous products, and various pharmaceutical products such as castor oil, chlorate of potash, boracic acid, cod liver oil, licorice powder, ess. lemon, ext. of vanilla, glycerin and rose water, and others.

Adolph Schwartz German apothecary labels samples [loose], undated.
Box 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Collection of loose pharmaceutical/apothecary labels for various products such as: citrate of magnesia, per-oxide hydrogen, ess. of Jamaica ginger, witch hazel, olive oil, tinct iron, epsom salt and others.

Correspondence, 1895-1898.
Box 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Six letters, most written in German, addressed to either Mr. or Mrs. Adolph Schwartz at their own in Brooklyn, New York. Some letters were sent from Bremen, Germany.

Inventory list, 1900.
Box 1 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Single page with what appears to be an inventory list of supplies copied in 1900.

List of names, ages, and dates of death, undated.
Box 1 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Single paged titled "died" which lists names of individuals, their ages, and dates of death.

Photographs, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
Scope and Contents

Two photographs of Adolph Schwartz, undated. One image features Schwartz in uniform sitting on a horse; the other is a portrait of Schwartz taken by Flasch and Lingenberg.

Stationary [blank], 1894 September 5.
Box 1 Folder 7
Scope and Contents

One page of stationary [blank] from Adolph Schwartz, Apothecary, and one small envelope. On the backside of the stationary is a receipt note dated September 4, 1894, that Schwartz "received to day the sum of forty-eight dollars" from an individual for a product.

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