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Object Name Catalog, Trade
Date ca. 1860
Title Excelsior Poudrette
Description Printed trade catalog. Cover is yellow with black printed inscription: "The Greatest Fertilizer of the Age. / FARMERS AND GARDENERS / USE THE / CELEBRATED, NEW AND IMPROVED / EXCELSIOR / POUDRETTE, / MANUFACTURED AT THE / EXCELSIOR POUDRETTE WORKS, / LONG NECK, Staten Island, N.Y. / OFFICE AND DEPOT, 194 FRONT STREET, / NEAR FULTON STREET, NEW YORK. / RICARDO & CO. / P.S. GENTLEMEN receiving this pamphlet are earnestly / requested. (after perusing,) to circulate among his agricultural / acquaintances. / The Cheapest Fertilizer of the Age! / NEW YORK: / HENRY E. TUDOR, PRINTER, / 44 Ann Street." Catalog contains 16 pages, which includes directions for use and numerous testimonials.
Printed inside the front cover: "EXCELSIOR / POUDRETTE WORKS. / OUR WORKS ARE LOCATED ON / FRESH KILL CREEK, / STATEN ISLAND, / About twelve miles from New York City, and about three miles / below Elizabethport, N.J. / Fresh Kill Creek empties into Staten Island Sound, and the Factory lies / up the Creek about half a mile from the Sound; -- good channel and / nine feet of water at low tide. No obstructions anywhere. Boats will / see the large sign at the mouth of the Creek directing them to the / Factory, where they will find good wharfage or anchorage. / NO DRAWS TO GO THROUGH. / We have also a Factory on the upland at Long Neck for deliver- / ing to wagons. Farmers will drive down the main road to Long / Neck, (one mile from Rull's Head [sic; Bull's Head], S.I.,) and they will see signs at / corner roads directing them to the Factory. / ..."
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Excelsior Poudrette was an agricultural product manufactured in Long Neck (now Travis), Staten Island; the company's offices were on Front Street in Manhattan. The product was referred to by one newspaper account as "the Ne Plus Ultra of Manures." An advertisement explained, "We have greater facilities for making a superior article of Poudrette than any other company, having the exclusive contract for all the Night Soil, Urine, Blood, Offal, &c., &c., of Brooklyn and Williamsburg of which we make a standard article."

The text inside the booklet testifies to the benefits of the factory's location on the Fresh Kills for transporting goods by boat or by wagon.
Earliest Date 1855.0
Latest Date 1865.0
Maker Tudor, Henry E.
Material Paper
Subjects Fertilizer industry
Trade catalogs
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Catalog Number 57.020.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2016.
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