Sanford Ink Company, Chicago, IL

According to Wikipedia, Sanford Ink Company of Chicago “was founded in 1857 by Frederick W. Redington and William H. Sanford, Jr. in Massachusetts as the Sanford Manufacturing Company. The company moved to Chicago in 1866 – five years before the Great Chicago Fire destroyed Sanford’s Chicago location. New facilities were soon built after the devastation of the fire and operations resumed. In 1947, just following World War II, the Sanford Ink Company was forced to move locations to make room for a new expressway. The company settled in Bellwood, Illinois, where it still maintains a facility. In August 1985 Sanford became a public company. On February 14, 1992, Sanford was acquired by the Newell Company, (now called Newell Rubbermaid, a Fortune 500 company).  Sanford is the largest writing products manufacturer in the world. It is primarily known for manufacturing Sharpie, Paper Mate, and Prismacolor products.”

Excavated October 29, 1981. From unit N322, E300, depth of 50-60 cm below the surface.

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From page 234 of The American stationer, Volume 21, 1887

1920 ad from the Sanford Manufacturing Co. of Chicago

1920 ad from the Sanford Manufacturing Co. of Chicago

1920s Norman Rockwell Ad for Sanford Ink

1920s Norman Rockwell Ad for Sanford Ink

Sanford line of products, date unknown

Sanford line of products, date unknown

A 1928 advertisement for Sanford's most popular products

A 1928 advertisement for Sanford’s most popular products

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About Jessica

I am the supervisor of the analysis of the archaeological collection recovered from the Old Main excavation.
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