Dr Price’s Delicious Flavoring Extract, Chicago, ILL

As with many common household products today, baking powder is so ubiquitous that we hardly imagine someone needed to invent it.  But Dr. Price did, and marketed it well, along with his famous Delicious Flavoring Extracts.

Bottle embossed: "Dr Price's Delicious Flavoring Extracts"

Bottle embossed: “Dr Price’s Delicious Flavoring Extracts”

According to Bottlebooks.com, Dr. Price’s Delicious Flavoring Extract was a product of the partnership of V. Clarence Price and Charles R. Steele. They “were in business together from 1874 until 1883.  When Steele left to go into real estate in 1887, the company was called the Price Flavoring Extract Co.  They were located on Water St. in Chicago.  They sold a variety of flavors.”

A more detailed story of the inventor of baking powder is available in the book published by his great grand daughter Victoria Price, daughter of actor Vincent Price.

Excerpt from "Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography" by Victoria Price, 2011

Excerpt from “Vincent Price:
A Daughter’s Biography” by Victoria Price, 2011

1893 Ad for Dr. V. C. Price's Flavoring Extracts

1893 Ad for Dr. V. C. Price’s Flavoring Extracts

Ad for Dr. Price's Special Flavoring Extracts, Ann Arbor Courier, April 20, 1887

Ad for Dr. Price’s Special Flavoring Extracts, Ann Arbor Courier, April 20, 1887

Cover of Dr Price's Delicious Desserts Cookbook,1904. Full text available at the Duke University Library website.

Cover of Dr Price’s Delicious Desserts Cookbook,1904. Full text available at the Duke University Library website.

1922 Ad for Dr. Price's Vanilla Extract

1922 Ad for Dr. Price’s Vanilla Extract


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20 Responses to Dr Price’s Delicious Flavoring Extract, Chicago, ILL

  1. Ardith says:

    i have a framed original ad for Dr. Prices Vanilla Extract with a picture of a blond girl holding a plate of divinty. Any interest?

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  3. Audrey Becerril says:

    My husband works with asphalt and concrete. In a dig today, he found 3 miniature bottles, 1 was Dr. Price’s Delicious Flavoring Extract. This was in Oak Brook Terrace, IL. This is gold to me. I collect miniature perfume bottles.

  4. Debra Rojas says:

    I have a booklet dated copyright 1917 by Price flavoring .
    Compliments of
    Fischer & Bro
    609 W 6th St.

  5. Debra Rojas says:

    I have a Delicious Desserts recipe book
    Copyright 1917
    It was compliments of
    Fischer & Bro
    609 W Sixth St.
    Any interest or value

  6. Matthew J Nickerson says:

    I have a bottle (brown) with PRICE embossed near the neck of the bottle and DES PAT 128402 on the bottom. Can you tell me anything about it?

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks for reading. I don’t have any more information about that specific bottle than what I have already described here. Good luck in your research.

  7. Kim says:

    I just found one in a creek in St. Louis, Mo. I knew the story of Vincent Price’s grandfather after reading the biography by his daughter. I’m a huge fan of Vincent Price, and I knew he grew up in St. Louis. I picked it up wondering if there was a connection to the pharmacist Dr. Price. I’m so glad that I kept it knowing that it came from that business. The only thing is it has a screw top instead of a top for corks. It also says on the bottle “Patent appl’d. for under the Flavoring Extracts. Can you tell that this may be a later version of the bottle?

    • Jessica says:

      Hello! I can’t say for certain, but my guess is that you are correct. After screw top bottles were introduced, cork top bottles were phased out of production. Thanks for reading!

  8. J in Joco says:

    I’ve had a bottle (cork stopper type) in my window for about 3 decades. Nice to hear the backstory!

  9. Joe Thumb says:

    Found this bottle today on a sandbar in perfect condition. At LEAST A HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR YEARS OLD.

  10. Gwen Vetsch says:

    Jessica, my grandson found a clear cork type bottle Dr Price’s delicious flavoring extracts embossed on the bottle I’m Monroe , Louisiana .Can you tell how old it might be ?t

  11. Laura Cotner says:

    I found one exactly like the one in the picture in mint condition in my yard in Jackson,TN.

  12. Linda Beener says:

    I have a small crate marked Corena Yeast manufactured only by Price Flavoring Extract Company, but can’t find anything about Corena Yeast .

  13. Joel Heller says:

    Hi, Here is a painting illustrating an advertisement for Price Flavoring. I would like to know the name of the illustrator on the lower right and the date. It may be an artist’s copy of the original because it seems to read O….. Parr ’56 It’s very well done.
    What do you think?
    Thanks for your response.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks for reading! I’m sorry, but I don’t have any information on that item. You could try more internet research or ask around at antique stores or auction houses. Good luck!

  14. Scott Hart says:

    I found 1 of these bottles and I’m trying to find out what it’s worth . The R in doctor is smaller then the D and it has the numbers 12 – 7- 6. ON The bottom of the bottle . I hope to hear back from someone who might be able to help me with this . Thank you.

  15. Nileen. says:

    I recently purchased a wooden box stamped Corena (trade marked) Yeast . Price flavoring extract co. 3 dozen packages.
    Would you have any information of this might have been produced?

  16. Lynn says:

    We were digging a pond in our yard in Galveston and just found a cork version of the bottle-Thanks for the info!

  17. Gary Dunlap says:

    Yesterday while waiting for a friend i was walking a dirt driveway. The was a flash of color that caught my eye and upon closer examination I discovered the outline of a bottle. I carefully removed the bottle from the ground only to see embossed lettering .the lettering revealed the following.
    Dr Price’s Delicious Flavoring Extracts.
    I google the name and came to this Web site.
    Completely intact bottle. Bottle was found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, South Valley. Its a cork type bottle.
    Any interest please contact me.

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