Office of A. E. Goodrich & Co. 121 South Water Street. General Dealers and Manufacturers of Oil . . . [caption title to advertising price list].

Chicago: n. p., August 25th, 1862. First edition. Single leaf printed recto only on blue oiled paper, 10.13 x 7.5 inches. A trifle foxed and soiled; old folds; in very good condition. Item #19331

“Alcohol, Linseed Oil and Turpentine are particularly unsettled. If excise duty is to be commenced on September 1st, a number of articles will advance materially.” An ephemeral token of the early steps to a substantial Chicago fortune, a price list and advertising circular for this Chicago dealer in oils, from “Pure Sperm Oil” from whales running $1.80 to $2.00, or “Winter Elephant Oil” (from the elephant seal) quoted at 75 cents, to benzene “suitable for druggists bottling” at 30 cents. Goodrich touts that his Pennsylvania oils are quoted at Pittsburgh rates, with mark-ups only for transportation. The whole circular is printed on nearly translucent oil-paper, presumably made with Goodrich oils and here likely used to advertise the paper’s availability for copyists to use in office duplication. The 1860 federal census lists Goodrich (1826-1885) as an oil merchant in Chicago who already boasted a personal wealth of $10,000; by 1862, he is listed in a Chicago directory as a steam boat agent, and his business interests would eventually grow to become the operator of Goodrich Transportation Co., one of the largest freight and passenger companies running steamboats on the Great Lakes. (The 1870 census gives the value of his personal property as $250,000.) With extensive penciled sums in pencil on the verso dated June 1, 1863, totaling up the value of an unidentified inventory sorted as “good” and “not good” totaling some $4228.35.

Price: $375.00

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