Little Ads from your Druggist, 1940 style.

He loves Davidson rubber products so very much, he bought the company. Look for Davidson Rubber products in the seemier parts of town, or at your next key party.

Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic. Look for "Scary the Baby" on the package! Brought to you by the makers of Dr. Choak's Random Fluid, Grove's Chillless Taste Tonic, and Flavorgone Nothing Powder.

Artificial "Lap" aids in waterboarding of infants who simply refuse to talk.



Jim D. said...

"Artificial lap" . . . . or "repurposed sex cushion"? http://www.liberator.com/flip-ramp.html

Steve Miller said...

Swiped from http://kamakurapens.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=100 Caution: veers sharply into fountain pens.

The Davidson Rubber goes back to the year 1857, started by a Charles Hamilton Davidson and his brother Herman. The company began with the invention of the rubber bulb syringe also patented in 1857. The rubber syringe was actually worked out in the backroom of a gunsmith shop owned by a Mr. Moses Babcock who eventually began an employee of the Davidson Rubber Co. ...This invention could not be more timely with the upcoming civil war. Needless to say this virtually put the company in good standing and they soon began to produce other medical and surgical supplies including sundries. They were located at 50 Brighton St in Charlestown. By 1893, we see a change in leadership, we now see a man, Rhodes Lockwood, as head. He expanded the company beyond medical supplies into stationary and fountain pens. Where did Mr. Lockwood come from? Well, the Lockwoods were a very prestigious family from Rhode Island, and a funny thing happened, Rhodes Greene Lockwood married Sally Maria Davidson, Davidson's sister. Hence the Lockwood's entered the picture. We have old Rhodes Lockwood and his brother Philip as proprietors of Davidson Rubber, and we see the Sterling Fountain Pen Co. first documented according to the the Boston Dir. of 1899 at the address on Milk St Rd. Early Sterling pens were of conventional eyedroppers in bhr, bchr, or mottled in sizes from a No. 2 all the way to a #8. As mentioned, the nibs were made by the Bay State Gold Co., the typical the number encased within a triangle. A little bit later we see the mid-joint contruction, much thanks to an A.A. Waterman patent that, though early, appears to be consigned to Lockwood to cover ventures that failed. a way of payback to Lockwood who invested serious capital to A.A. Waterman, ultimately, signed over his mid joint patent to Lockwood. The patent on Feb, 14,1899 concerns itself with #619,702 which is basicly the mid-joint pen and the feed construction, as well does pat. #619,701 too. The Pat dated Oct.3,1899 that you see on most Sterling caps deals with the inner construction of the cap itself, these were of course for the friction fitted caps. Still we have another Pat date of August 7, 1900 this pat was by H.J. Upton #655,423 and assigned to Rhodes Lockwood. The pat is for an improved ink and union-joint.
The pen you have is a later Sterling traditional sleeve filler, of the mid, 1920's The design is much like you would see in the Parker's Aerometric 51's. The pat number for this early idea was Pat # 1,247,169. The inventor was Frederic. E. Storer, patent dated November 20, 1917. Usually, in thius design, the caps were threaded.
By the year 1904, the Davidson Rubber was incorporated with capital worth of $200,000+. The Sterling Pen Co. moved a total of three times. 1911 was its last move, to 50 Brighton St in Charlestown, the same address as the manufactory. The company didn't advertise very much they pretty much depended on the quality of the pen to sell itself.
In 1948, they changed their direction to automotive parts and continued down that road. The company was eventually bought out by Textron.

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