A.S. Aloe and Company
Business; Time capsules; Medical instruments and apparatus
St. Louis, MO, USA; Missouri, USA; United States
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0023 Aloe Company Building Time Capsule Collection Inventory of Aloe Company Building Time Capsule Collection A0023 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:30:45 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Aloe Company Building Time Capsule Collection Aloe Company A0023 0.9 Cubic Feet (2 boxes; 2 oversize folders) 1937-1940 Processing Information Finding aid revised by Jaime Bourassa, March 2013. Donor Information The A.S. Aloe medical instruments company headquarters building at 1831 Olive Street was constructed in 1940. When the building was demolished for a parking lot 56 years later, a time capsule was recovered from the building's cornerstone. Howard Baer and his nephew, Kenneth Aloe Marshall, presented the time capsule to the Missouri Historical Society in early 1997, on behalf of Sherwood-Davis and Geck, a "direct descendant" of the Aloe Company. Historical Sketch The Aloe Company, founded about 1860 by Albert S. Aloe, a Scotch-Irish immigrant, began as an optical eye-glass shop and soon expanded its line to include cameras, surveying and civil engineering instruments, and surgical instruments. The latter proved the most popular, and in 1888 the A.S. Aloe Company published a catalog of surgical instruments. In 1893, Louis Patrick Aloe succeeded his father as president of the firm. Following Louis Aloe's death in 1929, his son-in-law, Howard F. Baer, became president of the company, and expanded the firm both geographically and in its product line, which, by 1959, included 30,000 separate items. In that year, the A.S. Aloe Company was acquired by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company of Chicago. In 1968, Sherwood Medical was formed from various medical, surgical, and laboratory products companies, including the A.S. Aloe Company. Sherwood-Davis and Geck was created in 1995 when the businesses of Sherwood Medical and the medical manufacturing firm of Davis and Geck were combined. At the time the time capsule was opened, Sherwood-Davis and Geck was one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of medical and surgical devices, headquartered at 1915 Olive Street in St. Louis and employing 8,700 people worldwide. In 1998, Sherwood-Davis and Geck was acquired by Tycho International, which transferred plant operations to Mexico. Scope and Contents The metal capsule, packed with rolls of medical wrapping, was opened on October 10, 1996. It contained over two dozen items, including a letter written by company president Howard F. Baer in September 1940, numerous brochures and catalogs put out by the company, photographs, coins, and a selection of periodicals. Arrangement The contents of the Aloe Company Building time capsule are housed in three boxes in the Archives. The third box containing oversize material is stored with the regular oversize collections. The collection is aranged by type of document. Separated Materials The time capsule itself and the medical wrapping used as packing material are housed in Museum Collections. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Aloe Company Building Time Capsule Collection, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Business enterprises -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Medical instruments and apparatus -- Catalogs Medical instruments and apparatus industry -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Surgical instruments and apparatus -- Catalogs Time capsules -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Typed letter from Howard F. Baer, president of A.S. Aloe Company, "To Him Who Opens," discussing the state of science, medicine, and war in September 1940. Titled "Letter for a Cornerstone," and includes an envelope from A.S. Aloe Company, 1819-23 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri. (2 pages) 1940 Sept 1 1 Typed letter signed Howard F. Baer, president of A.S. Aloe Company, "To Him Who Opens," September 1940 Black and white brochure titled "New Aloe Building Now Under Construction." (4 pages) ca. 1940 1 2 "Annual Report to the Stockholders" from A.S. Aloe Co. and Subsidiaries. (8 pages) 1939 Dec 31 1 2 Black and white program for the Aloe Plaza Dedication. (4 pages) 1940 May 11 1 2 Company newsletter: "Aloe Merchandise and Methods," Bulletin #163. Two attachments of Klett-Summerson brochures for Photoelectric Colorimeter and Glass Cell Photoelectric Colorimeter items were stapled to the Bulletin. (3 items) 1940 Aug 29 1 2 Company newsletter: "Aloe Merchandise and Methods," Bulletin #164. One attachment, a brochure for Deknatel Surgical Nylon, was stapled to the Bulletin. (2 items) 1940 Sept 5 1 2 A.S. Aloe Company mailer titled "Talk About Values!" with attached order card. (1 item) No date 1 3 Issue of Surgical Instruments, Equipment and Supplies , Bulletin No. 171, with "Peak Values for 1940." Includes attached notice titled "No War Hysteria" and printed envelope in which Bulletin was sent. (2 items) ca. 1940 1 3 Prospectus of A.S. Aloe Co., titled "5000 Shares Common Capital Stock." (48 pages) 1940 Jun 28 1 3 Brochure for St. Joseph's Thermostatic Infant Incubator. (4 pages) No date 1 4 Brochure for The New National Headlamp, "A New Center-of-Beam Headlight." (4 pages) No date 1 4 Brochure for "The Washington University Portable O-B Table." (4 pages) No date 1 4 Flier for "The Senatorial Specialist’s Chair." (1 item) No date 1 4 Brochure for "The Senatorial Treatment Room Suite." (4 pages) No date 1 4 Catalog titled "New and Recent Laboratory Devices," published by the Clinical Laboratory Supply Division of A.S. Aloe Co. (8 pages) No date 1 4 Brochure titled "Sharp and Smith Hospital Specials -- August-September 1940." (4 pages) ca. 1941 1 4 Three pennies. (3 items) 1930, 1938, 1940 1 5 Two tokens, one with hole, Missouri Sales Tax Receipts. No date 1 5 Catalog, titled "Clinical Laboratory Apparatus, Chemicals, Reagents, Catalog No. 101, A.S. Aloe Company." (281 pages) No date 1 6 Catalog titled "Hospital Equipment, Instruments and Supplies, Sharp and Smith Hospital Division of A.S. Aloe Co." Includes business reply envelope, order form, and price list. Copyright 1937. Catalog in cardboard mailing box. (352 pages) 1937 1 7 Catalog titled "Surgical Equipment, Instruments and Supplies," Catalog No. 169, A.S. Aloe Company, copyright 1939. Includes revised price list, order blanks, business reply envelope, and typed letter from H.F. Baer to Dear Doctor, no date, all in cardboard mailing box. (536 pages) 1939 1 8 Issue of journal: Surgery: Gynecology and Obstetrics , vol. 71, no. 3. Includes Aloe Company advertisement on page 8. (298+ pages) 1940 Sept 1 9 Issue of journal: The American Journal of Surgery , New Series vol. XLIX, no. 3. (600+ pages) 1940 Sept 2 1 Issue of journal: The Journal of the American Medical Association , vol. 115, no. 9. (812+ pages) 1940 Aug 31 2 2 Issue of TIME Magazine . 1940 Sept 16 2 3 Issue of LIFE Magazine . 1940 Sept 16 2 4 Photograph of A.S. Aloe Company Buildings at 19th and Locust (8” x 10” black and white). No date OS: A-Arn Photograph of A.S. Aloe Company building and vacant lot. View from southwest corner of 19th and Locust. (8” x 10” black and white). No date OS: A-Arn Typed list of Constructors of the Building, Fruin-Colnon Contracting Co. ca. 1940 OS: A-Arn Newspaper issue of St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Final edition in four sections. 1940 Sept 18 OS: A-Arn