Meyer Brothers Drug Company Artifacts, Artifact of the Month for February 2012

February 01, 2012 Posted by: Kathleen Moenster, Assistant Curator

Artifacts from the Meyer Brothers Drug Company



Meyer Brothers Drug Company Artifacts
from left to right: blue canister JEFF-7030, blue bottle JEFF-7010, pestle 7845, mortar 6832, Extr. Raspberry bottle JEFF-6962, Jasmin a bottle JEFF-6990, glass funnel JEFF 7512 

St. Louis was once recognized as the home of one of the leading drug and chemical makers in the United States. A major wholesale drug house was the Meyer Brothers Drug Company founded by Christian F. G. Meyer at Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1852. Mr. Meyer had come to the United States from Hanover, Germany in 1847, and, after a few years, started a drug business.By 1865, the business had grown so much it was time to branch out to other cities. Mr. Meyer picked St. Louis, knowing that the city was destined to be one of the greatest distributing markets in America. In 1865 he purchased the M. Matthews and Sons drug firm, located on the corner of Second and Locust streets (now part of the Gateway Arch grounds). The success of the branch store eventually caused the firm to move its' headquarters to St. Louis. By the early part of the 20th century, Meyer Brothers Drug Company was the largest distributor of drugs and pharmaceutical products in the country and also a major exporter of these commodities to other countries in the Western Hemisphere. It was bought out by Fox Meyer Health Corporation in July, 1981.

In 1970, Carl F. G. Meyer III donated 870 items related to the history of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The collection includes such objects as journals, catalogs, advertising materials, mortars, pestles, scoops, scales, apothecary jars, pill pallets and large, colorful show globes. This is a significant collection that not only explains the history of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company but also the economic significance of the pharmaceutical industry in St. Louis.



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  1. Bob
    August 10, 2018 at 04:16
     

    I have a 1911 Cardui Calendar, distributed by Meyer Brothers Company as a giveaway/promotional item. The calendar was also a weather chart similar to the farmers almanac

     
  2. Connie
    May 11, 2018 at 02:08
     

    I have owned a beautiful oak drug cabinet with a brass nameplate on the front reading "Property of Meyer Bros. Drug Co., St. Louis, MO" for over 35 years. Over that time period, I have accumulated 39 items that came from that company. Some containers are empty & others have partial or full contents. (Contents include: Oil of Cade; Oil of Savine; Oil of Rosemary; Liverwort Leaves (pkgs); Hydrogen Peroxide; Camomile Flowers; Sherton B Tonic; Apricot Kernels; Peach Kernels; Balsam of Peru: Elatarium; very large Chloroform bottle; Alum; & more). Original brass hardware with keys. Mirrored back, but the silvering shows its age. Three plate glass shelves (2 shelves are beveled all 4 sides). Cabriole-style legs have some darkening at the distal ends from previous water damage (before I got it). Back has never been stripped of old paint, as it always sat against a wall. I have photo of cabinet & contents. Measures 21.5" X 27.5" X 62.5". I needed the space and just sent this cabinet home with my son. From a smoke-free home. My son might be persuaded to part with this item if the price was right. Contact me, if interested or need more info. I also know the names of the only two other people who owned it.

     
  3. Connie
    May 11, 2018 at 02:08
     

    I have owned a beautiful oak drug cabinet with a brass nameplate on the front reading "Property of Meyer Bros. Drug Co., St. Louis, MO" for over 35 years. Over that time period, I have accumulated 39 items that came from that company. Some containers are empty & others have partial or full contents. (Contents include: Oil of Cade; Oil of Savine; Oil of Rosemary; Liverwort Leaves (pkgs); Hydrogen Peroxide; Camomile Flowers; Sherton B Tonic; Apricot Kernels; Peach Kernels; Balsam of Peru: Elatarium; very large Chloroform bottle; Alum; & more). Original brass hardware with keys. Mirrored back, but the silvering shows its age. Three plate glass shelves (2 shelves are beveled all 4 sides). Cabriole-style legs have some darkening at the distal ends from previous water damage (before I got it). Back has never been stripped of old paint, as it always sat against a wall. I have photo of cabinet & contents. Measures 21.5" X 27.5" X 62.5". I needed the space and just sent this cabinet home with my son. From a smoke-free home. My son might be persuaded to part with this item if the price was right. Contact me, if interested or need more info. I also know the names of the only two other people who owned it.

     
  4. Owen
    March 31, 2018 at 08:19
     

    I have prescription box and scripts from 1945.

     
  5. Owen
    March 31, 2018 at 08:18
     

    I have prescription box and scripts from 1945.

     
  6. george mathews
    March 05, 2018 at 12:21
     

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  7. December 05, 2015 at 12:30
     

    Bought ne Ounce a box of misc. stuff at an auction, in the box was a One Ounce cardboard container of pure ALOIN, iF INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT AT 947 W. Blaine St. Buffalo Mo. 65622. Thanks

     
  8. May 03, 2015 at 05:01
     

    I found a Meyers Brohers Diamond brand antique hard rubber syringe urethral in my home,wanted to know more about it other than the obvious ? Have a photo of syringe and remains of original packaging. I have lived in this home since 1995. Records indicate it was built in 1925,apparently the one of the former occupants ordered his from your company... Better them than me"..interests me historically. Thanks

     
  9. November 12, 2014 at 07:08
     

    Have acquired several photographs of company workers , vehicles , buildings, etc ...are you interested ?

     
 
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