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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Standard Perfumery Works

Standard Perfumery Works of 18 Mercer Street, New York, established in 1853, was a perfumery company active in the late 1800s. Their specialty was Ammoniated Bay Rum.

Our Society Journal, 1885:
"The Standard Perfumery Works, Nos 15 and 17 Mercer Street, New York City, of which Messrs Bloomingdale & Rich are proprietors, are engaged in the preparation of fine toilet articles, and are putting upon the market a line of refined and choice goods. They received the only medal awarded for a toilet preparation by the American Institute in 1885, and are making a specialty of Ammoniated Bay Rum which will be found a most delightful addition to the toilet. It is not made by any mysterious process, nor does it contain any hidden or injurious ingredients. It is thoroughly cleansing, imparting new life and vigor to the hair, leaving it soft and glossy. It entirely eradicates dandruff, and by its refreshing effect on the scalp, immediately relieves sick or nervous headache. Unlike any other shampoo, there is no danger of taking cold after using Ammoniated Bay Rum. It is also most refreshing after the bath. We are acquainted with parties who have dealt with Messrs Bloomingdale & Rich, and can commend them to the public as honorable gentlemen engaged in conducting an honorable business." 

The Pharmaceutical Era, Volume 22, 1899:
"Wm. A. Peters, manufacturer of perfumery, at No 540 Broadway Manhattan borough, has filed a petition in bankruptcy with liabilities $8,104 and assets $7,168. Mr Peters has been in business since 189,1 and used the style of the Standard Perfumery Works. In May last, he offered to compromise with his creditors at 50 cents on the dollar, half cash and half in notes, payable on Jan 1 1900, which it was afterwards stated was accepted by the creditors."

The fragrances of The Standard Perfumery Works:

  • 1880 Ammoniated Bay Rum
  • 1880 True West India Bay Rum
  • 1880 Turkish Otter of Roses
  • 1890 American Lilac
  • 1893 Columbia Bells
  • 1893 Jockey Club
  • 1893 Eau de Violette
  • 1893 American Queen
  • 1893 Sweetheart
  • 1893 White Lilac
  • 1893 Violet
  • 1893 World’s Fair Perfume

Ad below from an 1893 Marshall Field's catalog.

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