Even in the 1980ís you
could be sitting in an airport anywhere in the world and
recognize a fellow Upjohn employee by their alligator bag. That
alligator skin was unique to The Upjohn Company and very distinctive. This
started in 1910 when head of sales George McClelland decided his
salespeople should have a badge of distinction. He designed a
bag from alligator skin. There are always a couple
of them for sale on eBay if you want to own a special piece of
Upjohn history. Here are two examples of the alligator
skin bags and a sample case.
In 1986 as part of the
centennial celebrations a miniature cardboard relica of the
famous alligator bag was produced. It contains a selection of
over-the-counter Upjohn products. The one below was for sale on
eBay in 2014.
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