Stabler - Leadbeater Apothocary


Company Names, addresses, dates:1
  Edward Stabler, King & Fairfax Sts, Alexandria VA (1792-1796)
  Edward Stabler, 107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1796-1819)
  E. Stabler & Son, 107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1820-1829)
  E. Stabler & Son, 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1829-1830)
  William Stabler, 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1831-1839)
  William Stabler & Co., 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1840-1843)
  William Stabler & Bro., 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1844-1851)
  John Leadbeater, 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1852-1856)
  J. Leadbeater & Son, 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1857-1859)
  Leadbeater & Co., 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1850-1864)
  E.S. Leadbeater & Co., 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1865-1868)
  E.S. Leadbeater & Bro., 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1869-1891)
  E.S. Leadbeater & Sons, 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1892-1902)
  E.S. Leadbeater & Sons Inc., 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1903-1915)
  Leadbeater Drug Corp., 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Alexandria VA (1916-1933)
  Stabler-Leadbeater Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria VA (1939-present)



Notes:
Edward Stabler started the business in 1792. His son William took over in 1831. John Leadbeater was Willaim Stabler's brother-in-law, and he took over the business in 1852. His son Edward S. Leadbeater took over in 1860. The shop closed down in 1933 during the depression. Today it's a museum. 2

Bottles:

leadbeater_01 book # 304 (in medicines section)
Left is a clear 6.5" bottle, right is a sun-colored-amethyst 5.75" bottle. Both are embossed:
vertical: E.S.LEADBEATER & SONS / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS / ALEXANDRIA VA / EST'D 1792
leadbeater_10 book # 304 (in medicines section)
This is a large (9") version of the bottles above. It is embossed:
vertical: E.S.LEADBEATER & SONS / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS / ALEXANDRIA VA / EST'D 1792
leadbeater_06 book # 304a (in medicines section)
This is a clear 6.5" bottle, embossed the same as the bottles above, but with a label:
vertical embossing: E.S.LEADBEATER & SONS / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS / ALEXANDRIA VA / EST'D 1792
label: LEADBEATER'S / (picture of lion using a mortar & pestle) / SPIRIT / TURPENTINE / GUARANTEED UNDER THE FOOD / AND DRUGS ACT, JUNE 30, 1906. / GUARANTY NO. 973. / A VALUABLE EXTERNAL / REMEDY, AND EXTENSIVE- / LY USED IN ARTS. / PUT UP BY / E.S. LEADBEATER, / AND SONS / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS / 105 & 107 S FAIRFAX ST. / ALEXANDRIA, VA. / ESTABLISHED 1792
leadbeater_07 book # 305 (in medicines section)
This is a clear 5.7" bottle embossed:
vertical: E.S.LEADBEATER & SONS / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
leadbeater_04 book # 304b (in medicines section)
This is an aqua 6.0" unembossed bottle with label:
label: E.S.LEADBEATER & SONS / Druggists / FAIRFAX STREET, ALEXANDRIA, VA. / ESTABLISHED 1792.
The left side of the label has a fancy picture with a ribbon that says "PURITY" and "ACCURACY", as well as a circle that says "LABOR OMNIA VINCIT", which is latin for "hard work conquers all".
leadbeater_05 book # 304b (in medicines section)
Clear 4.75" unembossed bottle with label and box:
label: EXCEL / PAIN EXPELLER / Contains not over / 50% ALCOHOL / ... / Prepared for / E. S. LEADBEATER & SONS / Wholesale Druggists / FAIRFAX ST., ALEXANDRIA, VA. / Established 1792
box: EXCEL / PAIN-EXPELLER / ... GAURANTEED UNDER / FOOD AND DRUGS ACT / OF JUNE 30,1906 / ... / Prepared for / E. S. LEADBEATER & SONS / Wholesale Druggists / FAIRFAX ST., ALEXANDRIA, VA.
The back of the label on the bottle has 3 sections - one is in Polish, one is in Czech, and one is in Hungarian.
leadbeater_21 book # 304b (in medicines section)
Clear 7" unembossed bottle with worn-off label and box:
box front: COMPOUND FIGS AND SENNA SYRUP / Contains 5% Alcohol and Caramel / A MOST DELICIOUS FRUIT SYRUP / Highly relished for its agreeable taste / REGULATES STOMACH DIORDERS / Overcomes Habitual Constipation / A REMMEDY FOR TORPID LIVER and BOWEL COMPLAINTS / AN EXCELLENT DOMESTIC REMEDY / Distributed by / E. S. LEADBEATER & SONS / Wholesale Druggists / Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va. / Established 1792
box right side: Syrup of Figs and Senna Compound / An Agreeable but certain Laxative / Guaranteed by the Manufacturer under the Food and Drugs Act, June 30, 1906 ...
Since the label is so worn off, I have no proof that the bottle depicted came in the box depicted, other than the fact that they were sold together.
leadbeater_23 book # 304b (in medicines section)
Clear 7" unembossed bottle with worn-off label and box:
box front: TRADE MARK ESTABLISHED 1792 / Syrup Ipecac. / DOSE - ... / Manufactured by / E.S. Leadbeater & Sons, / Wholesale Druggists, / 101 to 107 S. FAIRFAX STREET. / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
box right side: PREPARED FROM THE BEST MATERIALS / AND / WARRENTED ABSOLUTELY PURE / We Challange a Comparison with any Brand on the Market.
box left side: LEADBEATER'S HOWSEHOLD REMIDIES / Dr. Murphy's Croup Syrup / Whooping Cough Syrup / Rice's Worm Drops / Pain Panacea / Lubricating Liniment / Beef, Iron and Wine with Celery / Beef, Iron and Wine / Comp. Syrup Hypophosphites / Wine Coca / Vegegable Pills
box rear: E.S. LEADBEATER & SONS, / IMPORTERS / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS / AND / MANUFACTURING / PARMACISTS / ... / Standard Pharmaceutixal Preparations, INCLUDING: / Laudenum, Paregoric, Tincture Iron, Tincture Arnica, Tincture Iodine, Spirits Camphor, Bateman's Drops, Godfrey's Cordial, Syrup Squills, Castor Oil, Sweet Oil, Syrup Ipecac, Spirits Turpentine, Sweing Machine Oils, Elixirs, Syrups, &c., &c. ...
Since the label is so worn off, I have no proof that the bottle depicted came in the box depicted, other than the fact that they were sold together.
leadbeater_22 book # 304b (in medicines section)
Clear 3.5" unembossed bottle with label:
label: LEADBEATER'S / SYRUP / IPECAC / ALCOHOL 10% / DIRECTIONS / ... / PUT UP BY / LEADBEATER / DRUG CORP.
leadbeater_09 book # 304b (in medicines section)
Clear 5.375" unembossed bottle with a colorful label:
label: LEADBEATER'S / PURE / EXTRACT / (picture of vanilla beans) / VANILLA / FOR FLAVORING / ICE CREAM, CUSTARDS, / JELLIES, PASTRY, ETC. / WARRENTED SUPERIOR QUALITY / PREPARED BY / E. S. LEADBEATER / & SONS / ALEXANDRIA, VA. / ESTABLISHED 1792
leadbeater_24 book # 304b (in medicines section)
Clear 5.375" unembossed bottle with a label:
label: LEADBEATER'S / (picture of lion leaning on a mortar & pestle) / CAMPHORATED / OIL / FOR EXTERNAL / USE AS A / LINIMENT / PUT UP BY / LEADBEATER / DRUG CORP. / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS / ALEXANDRIA, / VIRGINIA



Old Labels:
leadbeater_25 This 1"x2" label is c.1831-1839. It says:
label: BEST RED BARK / WM. STABLER, / Druggist, Fairfax street, / ALEXANDRIA.
leadbeater_26 This .75"x2.5" label is c.1845-1851. It says:
label: WM. STABLER & BRO., Chemists & Druggists, / Fairfax street, Alexandria, Va.
leadbeater_27 This 1.25"x2.5" label is c.1845-1851. It says:
label: WM. STABLER & BRO., / Chemists & Druggists, / FAIRFAX STREET, / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
leadbeater_30 This 1"x2" label is c.1852-1856. It says:
label: JOHN LEADBEATER, / Successor of Wm. Stabler & Bro., / FAIRFAX STREET, / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
leadbeater_28 This 1"x2.5" label is c.1857-1859. It says:
label: JOHN LEADBEATER & SON. / STABLER'S OLD STAND, ESTABLISHED 1792. / FAIRFAX STREET, ALEXANDRIA, VA.
leadbeater_29 This 1"x2.5" label is c.1857-1859. It says:
label: JOHN LEADBEATER & SON, / Stabler's Old Stand, established 1792. / Nos. 5 & 7 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va.



Other related stuff:
leadbeater_08 I think this is a fan, although it's pretty small (3.25" diameter). It's made of cardboard, and it says:
front: E. S. LEADBEATER & BRO., Alexandria, / VIRGINIA / Ask for the "AMERICAN ENTERPRISE" An Illustrated Family Newspaper. --- FREE.
along the bottom edge: COPYRIGHTED 1878 BY WEMPLE & KRONHEIM..."
rear: ALWAYS RELIABLE / TRY IT / ALTRHROP'S / Constitutional / TONIC! / CURES ALL BLOOD DISEASES, / CHILLS, DYSPEPSIA, BILIOUSNESS. / Gives Clear Complexion. / BRINGS / VIGOR HEALTH.
leadbeater_11 This is an old label. It says:
label: ONE DOZEN / LEADBEATER'S / (picture of the drug store & drug warehouse) / STAND. CINNAMON / MANUFACTURED BY / E.S. LEADBEATER & SONS, / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS, / 101-103-105 & 107 S. FAIRFAX ST., / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
leadbeater_14 This is a 5.5"x5.5"x8.5" wooden box, with an ornate label on one side. It says:
label: PACKED FOR / E. S. LEADBEATER & SONS / Wholesale Druggists / ALEXANDRIA, VA. / (eagle grasping a ribbon that says "PURITY STRENGTH") / CREAM TARTAR
Stamped on one end of the box in black ink is "6 LBS NET".
leadbeater_02 Today, the Stabler-Leadbeater apothecary is a museum at 105-107 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA (about a block off of King Street in old town Alexandria).
leadbeater_03 Here's a view of 105-107 S. Fairfax Street from across the street. The two addresses are connected together - the right side is where you enter the gift shop, then you can take a tour of the left side and the upstairs.
leadbeater_15 This is an E.S. Leadbeater & Sons receipt from 1908. It looks like A.C. reid & Co from Delaplane, VA bought an empty drum for $8 on Sept 29, 1908.
leadbeater_16 This is another E.S. Leadbeater & Sons receipt from 1908 for goods bought by A.C. Reid & Co of Deleplane VA. The date is May 30, 1908 and it lists various items (White Japalac, Putty,k Turpentine, Vulcan Matches & Three in One Oil).
leadbeater_17 Similar to the receipt above, this is another E.S. Leadbeater & Sons receipt from 1908 for goods bought by A.C. Reid & Co of Deleplane VA. The date is April 7, 1908 and it lists what appear to be paints.
leadbeater_18 This is an envelope postmarked Decmber 14, 1907. It is addressed to A.C. Reid & Co, Upperville VA, and has E.S. LEADBEATER & SONS printed for the return address.
leadbeater_12 Here's a view of 101-103-105-107 S. Fairfax Street as depicted on a Leadbeater label.
leadbeater_13 Here's my attempt to photograph the same view of 101-3-5-7 S. Fairfax Street as above (photo taken July 2014).
leadbeater_19 This is a postcard showing the interior of the apothacary museum.
leadbeater_20 This is a postcard showing the entrance to the apothacary museum.


1 Article in this issue of the Potomac Pontil newsletter
2 Information from this web site




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