Logan Johnson Ltd, Boston, MA

Logan & Johnson Co. was a successful fruit syrup and preserving company in Boston, MA, focusing on wholesale grocery and baking supplies, with distributors in several states.  It was a joint venture of Hiram H. Logan and Thomas V. L. Johnson, both of whom were  listed as a members of the Boston Chamber of Commerce in 1918.  Because Logan & Johnson Co sold direct to grocers, bakers and other food producers, the company didn’t print lovely advertisements in magazines or create endearing Victorian trade cards the way many contemporary manufacturing companies did.

The firm appears to have had some legal troubles, with a conviction for adulteration of mace handed to Thomas V. L. Johnson in 1906 and the firm being fined $25 in 1909 for mislabeling of ingredients in its products.  Primary sources suggest the Logan & Johnson Co was dissolved in 1923.

Embossed “Logan Johnson Ltd” across the shoulder

September 3, 1909: NOTICE OF JUDGMENT NO. 581, FOOD AND DRUGS ACT. MISBRANDING OF PRESERVES. Hiram H. Logan and Thomas V. L. Johnson, copartners, under the firm name of Logan, Johnson & Co., Boston, Mass.

September 3, 1909: NOTICE OF JUDGMENT NO. 581, FOOD AND DRUGS ACT. MISBRANDING OF PRESERVES. Hiram H. Logan and Thomas V. L. Johnson, copartners, under the firm name of Logan, Johnson & Co., Boston, Mass.

From page 157 Decennial report, Harvard College. Class of 1911

From Cosmetics and Toiletries, Volume 17 Allured Publishing Company, 1922

From Cosmetics and Toiletries, Volume 17
Allured Publishing Company, 1922

According to the Proceedings of the Brookline Historical Society Annual Meeting in 1922, “Hiram H. Logan was a successful merchant, a wholesale grocer. He was a native of Nova Scotia, but had lived in Boston and Brookline the greater part of his life.  His death was quite sudden, caused by a fall on the steps of his porch just as he was about to start on a summer trip. He was seventy-one years old.”

Original 1920’s Adv Metal Tray Logan Johnson Boston MA – Fruit Syrups

Early Spice Bin. 7-5/8 x 5.5 x 3.75” very early hand-soldered small store sized spice bin for Logan Johnson & Co.’s (Boston, MA) nutmeg spice, featuring wonderful decorative lettering and paint surface.

Early Spice Bin.
7-5/8 x 5.5 x 3.75” very early hand-soldered
small store sized spice bin for Logan Johnson & Co.’s (Boston, MA)
nutmeg spice, featuring wonderful decorative lettering and paint surface.

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I am the supervisor of the analysis of the archaeological collection recovered from the Old Main excavation.
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3 Responses to Logan Johnson Ltd, Boston, MA

  1. Angie says:

    How much is that bottle worth?

  2. Cindy says:

    Hi Jessica,
    The typescript version of the Brookline Historical Society labeled 1920 proceedings is actually from 1922. HIram Logan died in August 1921. Here’s the GoogleBooks scan of the original. See p75 (p11 of the Jan 1922 proceedings for 1921).
    https://books.google.com/books?id=DHkUAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA75&lpg=RA1-PA75&dq=hiram+h+logan+brookline&source=bl&ots=MtymPEdANW&sig=nn0-3ePQdvmo29o3Q4vo-4ZY3ms&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdhsW215LQAhVH1oMKHaBQAXIQ6AEIKzAE#v=onepage&q=logan&f=false
    If you want more information about him, feel free to get in touch. -Cindy

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