Inscriptions on this suspensory read in part “SARATOGA / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / Mfgd by S. E. G. RAWSON CO. / SEABURY & / JOHNSON Succrs. N.Y.” Those on and in the lid of the cardboard box read in part “NEW STYLE / SARATOGA / SUSPENSORY / SEABURY & JOHNSON / NEW YORK, U.S.A / FACTORY EAST ORANGE, N.J.” Smith E. G. Rawson (1820-1879), of Saratoga, N.Y., showed suspensory bandages to the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1870, and obtained a patent on the form in 1878. By 1888 his firm had become S. E. G. Rawson & Co. By 1901, Seabury & Johnson had “succeeded to the business of S. E. G. RAWSON & CO., of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the original and universally renowned manufacturers of ‘Rawson’s U.S. Army’ and ‘Saratoga’ line of Suspensory Bandages, also Athletic Supporters (Jock Straps), Chest Protectors, etc., the transfer including all their Patents, Trade-Marks, Copy-Rights and Good Will.”

Ref: Smith E. G. Rawson, “Improvement in Suspensory Bandages,” U.S. Patent 204,088 (May 21, 1878).

Ad for Rawson’s Saratoga and U.S. Army Suspensory in Leslie’s Weekly 86 (March 17, 1898): 175.

Seabury & Johnson notice in Montreal Pharmaceutical Journal 12 (1901): 144.

Date Made: c. 1901

Maker: Seabury & Johnson

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityUnited States: New Jersey, East Orange

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Credit Line: From Robert J. Locurto

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0160.15Accession Number: 1980.0160Catalog Number: 1980.0160.15

Object Name: Supportersupporter, male

Physical Description: cloth (supporter material)metal (clips material)paper (container material)Measurements: overall: 3/4 in x 6 7/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 1.905 cm x 17.4625 cm x 13.6525 cm


Record Id: nmah_735999

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