Page, Kidder & Fletcher Company was an early coal tar distiller, producing pitch for roofing felt and creosote oil for preserving wood. Mr. J. C. F. Chever was superintendent of the works in 1872. At the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, the company showcased a display of coal tar derivatives. A booklet was distributed that listed 74 of these products, although some were laboratory samples from Europe. The list included complex organic chemicals such as azobenzene, barium isopurpurate, tribromophenol, and chrysoquinone.
By 1888 the company became known as the New York Coal Tar Chemical Company, headquartered at 10 Warren Street in New York City. The principals were I. D. Fletcher, president; E. H. Kidder (who has signed this piece)
, secretary; and T. W. Weeks, treasurer. The Shadyside plant employed about 100 men. The firm contracted for a supply of the crude coal tar and ammonia directly from the gas companies of nearby cities. Products included sulphate of ammonia, carbolic acid (phenol), naphtha, and benzene.
The New York Coal Tar Chemical Company merged with other companies in 1896 to form the Barrett Manufacturing Company. Barrett continued to produce coal tar, paving and roofing materials and promoted the use of anhydrous ammonia recovered from waste gas liquors produced at illuminating gas works. Barrett joined General Chemical in the 1921 merger to form the Allied Chemical and Dye Corporation.This piece is issued to and signed by George Widener. Certificate:
Capital Stock, issued in the 1890’sPrinter: American Bank Note Company Dimensions:
8” (h) x 12” (w)State: WV-West Virginia Subject Matter: Chemicals and Related
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Vertical fold lines, punch hole cancels in the signature areas and body, partial receipt adhered at left side border, toning and edge faults from age (particularly along the bottom border).
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