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Object ID 002461

Object Name Pfizer Cream Tartar Box

Object Desc Wooden box for Pfizer Cream Tartar.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002469a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Food Containers


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 6

Object Date

Start Year Range 1900

End Year Range 1940

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Pfizer,wooden crate,food,cream of tarter,packaging,

Title Pfizer Cream Tartar Box

Description Wooden box (a) with sliding top cover (b). Used to contain Cream Tartar (potassium bitartrate), a component in food manufacturing. Front reads: "For Manufacturing Use Only." Top cover has an image of the factory and laboratories located in Brooklyn, NY.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5

Length 8.75

Width 5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Chas. Pfizer & Co.

Maker Details In 1849, a young German chemist, Charles Pfizer, and his cousin Charles Erhart, who had come to America seeking new opportunities, founded the business that bears the Pfizer name. With $2,500 borrowed from Pfizer's father, they purchased a small brick building on Bartlett Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where they produced santonin, a compound used to combat parasitic worms, as well as other fine chemicals. Over time they expanded their product line to include iodine salts, mercurials, and bismuth salts for pharmaceuticals use. The cousins' insistence on quality was virtually an obsession, and their products very quickly won widespread recognition for "Pfizer Quality," a slogan that was later used on all Pfizer packaging.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2469a-b



Date JUN 10,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Heavy edgewear, chipping, and marking throughout. Paper labels are quite faded and are frayed at the edges. Cracks on left and right sides of the box.


Date JUN 10,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 10,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 13 from Wonderland Park Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 10,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 6 from Room 4, Shelf 13 - automatic entry by admin