Dating your Historic Upjohn Product  

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How can you date your historic Upjohn product? There are some resources to achieve that.

  • The company name changed around 1907 from "The Upjohn Pill and Granule Company" to "The Upjohn Company".

  • There were 7 logos over the company lifetime 1886, 1894, 1907, 1913, 1938, 1945 and 1961. There is a page showing them on the web site.

  • There is a list of all products from 1886 to 1950, with the years that they were sold.

  • I have the Fluids Production log books from 1923 to 1939. This shows individual batch numbers. Alas, I only have these books for fluids.

  • July 1st, 1963 was when zip codes were introduced and used on company labels.

 

Here is an example of how I can occasionally date a bottle back to the day it was filled (see photos below).

  • I bought this bottle of Excema Lotion on eBay.

  • The batch number on the label is 60379.

  • The production log book for January 3, 1925, shows that this batch was filled in that day.

 

        

 

 

 


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