Celluloid Letter Opnener


The handle of this celluloid letter opener is blue and shaped like a bottle of Emerson’s Bromo Seltzer. The inscriptions here read “MARYLAND GLASS CORPORATION / OWENS AUTOMATIC MACHINE MADE / BLUE GLASS BOTTLES / BALTIMORE” and “A PERFECT BOTTLE.” The inscriptions on the blade read “WE SOLICIT YOUR INQUIRIES” and “MARYLAND GLASS CORPORATION.”

Isaac E. Emerson (1859-1931), a Baltimore pharmacist, developed a headache remedy, obtained a patent, named it Bromo Seltzer, established the Emerson Drug Company, and advertised widely. The Maryland Glass Corp. was organized in 1907, primarily to manufacture bottles for Bromo Seltzer; Emerson was the major stockholder. The first bottles were made by hand, but the firm soon boasted an Owens Automatic Machine, a device that did much to revolutionize the industry.

Date Made: after 19271928 or after

Associated Name: Emerson Drug CompanyMaker: Whitehead & Hoag Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, NewarkReferenced: United States: Maryland, Baltimore

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2006.0098.1229Accession Number: 2006.0098Catalog Number: 2006.0098.1229

Object Name: letter opener

Physical Description: cellulose nitrate (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3.5 cm x 19.5 cm; x 1 3/8 in x 7 11/16 inoverall: 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 1 5/16 in; .3175 cm x 19.05 cm x 3.33375 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-5759-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1335514

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