Croft & Reed Delicious Flavoring Extract, Chicago U.S.A.

According to Steve Reed, one of the founder’s decedents, Crofts & Reed was a Chicago company, established in 1888, that rivaled Sears (also a Chicago company) as a mail order catalog company in the late 1800s to early 1900s. “It was a manufacturer and retailer of laundry and toilet soaps, toilet preparations, and food products. It was also an importers of coffees, teas, and spices. The company was started by Corydon Alcinus Reed and Will Crofts. The company became a nationally known mail order business. Crofts and Reed prospered until World War I, when, like many other firms, it was badly hurt by the lack of availability of materials.”

Bottle embossed: Crofts & Reed

Bottle embossed: Delicious / Flavoring Extract / Satisfaction Guaranteed

Bottle embossed: Chicago U.S.A.

Excerpt from "Track Elevation Within the Corporate Limits of the City of Chicago to December 31st, 1908" (Google eBook) Cameron, 1909

Excerpt from “Track Elevation Within the Corporate Limits of the City of Chicago to December 31st, 1908” (Google eBook) Cameron, 1909

Advertising Booklet for Crofts & Reed - Premium Catalog for Selling Soap, Perfume from 1900

Advertising Booklet for Crofts & Reed – Premium Catalog for Selling Soap, Perfume from 1900

1901 Ad for Crofts & Reed

1901 Ad for Crofts & Reed

Crofts & Reed Company Back cover of 1913 C&R catalog.

Crofts & Reed Company Back cover of 1913 C&R catalog.

1905 Ad from Brotherhood of locomotive firemen and enginemen's magazine, Volume 38 page xviii

1905 Ad from Brotherhood of locomotive firemen and enginemen’s magazine, Volume 38 page xviii

Ad for Crofts & Reed's medicinal toilet soap, 1890-1910

Ad for Crofts & Reed’s medicinal toilet soap, 1890-1910

Crofts & Reed Company 1913 catalog page of pure food products.

Crofts & Reed Company 1913 catalog page of pure food products.

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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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