Robert W. Powers / Edgar D. Taylor


Company Names, addresses, dates:1
  Robert W. Powers, 1444 E Main St., Richmond VA (1861-1866)
  Robert W. Powers, 1305 E Main St., Richmond VA (1869-1883)
  Robert W. Powers, 9 S 13th St., Richmond VA (1878-1883)
  Powers, Taylor & Co, 1305 E Main St., Richmond VA (1885-1920)
  Powers, Taylor & Co, 9 S 13th St., Richmond VA (1909-1930)
  Powers Taylor Drug Co, 9-11-13-15-17 S 13th St., Richmond VA

powers_13 <--------------- Powers-Taylor Drug Co building, circa 1915 --------------------
Notes:
According to the March 1912 news in the book "The Practical druggist":2
Edgar D. Taylor started as a wholesale druggist with Dove & Company in 1862. Dove & Company's building was one of the buildings destroyed by fire on April 3rd 1864, so Taylor accepted a position with R.W. Powers wholesale and retail drug company. In 1872, Taylor was admitted to a partnership when the comany name changed to "R.W. Powers & Co". In 1890, the business was incorperated under the name Powers-Taylor.

And according to the header on a 1911 receipt listed below, POWERS-TAILOR DRUG CO was established 1860 as the successors to PURCELL, LADD & CO.


R.W. Powers Bottles:
powers_06 Aqua 5.7" bottle embossed:
vertical: R.W. POWERS & CO / DRUGGISTS / RICHMOND, VA.
powers_08 Aqua 5" bottle embossed:
horizontal: R.W. POWERS & CO / ("RWP&Co" in fancy monogram) / DRUGGISTS / RICHMOND / VA.
powers_07 Aqua 4.25" bottle embossed:
vertical: R.W. POWERS & CO / RICHMOND, VA.


Powers Taylor Bottles:
powers_01 Aqua 6.9" and 5.7" bottles, both embossed:
vertical: POWERS TAYLOR DRUG CO / DRUGGISTS / RICHMOND, VA.
base (tall bottle): D
base (short bottle): A
I don't know if it's of any significance that these bottles don't have the "&" between "DRUG" and "CO", like the rest of these bottles do.
powers_10 Aqua 5.5" bottle with a crooked neck, embossed:
vertical: POWERS TAYLOR & CO / DRUGGISTS / RICHMOND, VA.
base: A
powers_02 Aqua 4.0" bottle embossed:
vertical: POWERS TAYLOR & CO / RICHMOND, VA.
base: A
powers_05 Clear 8.0" bottle embossed:
horizontal: POWERS / TONIC / HYPOPHOSPHITES / POWERS TAYLOR & CO / DRUGGISTS / RICHMOND, VA.
Here's a link for the definition of hypophosphites
powers_09 Cobalt Blue 2.25" un-embossed bottle with a label:
label: QUININE / FROM / POWERS TAYLOR & CO / DRUGGISTS / 1305 MAIN ST / RICHMOND, VA.



Other Items:
powers_15 This is an 1869 receipt from R.W. Powers. Here's a transcription of some of it:
Richmond, VA., October 12 1869 / M Capt Paul Stratton / Bought of R.W. POWERS, / WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DRUGGIST, / TERMS: 60 days No. 1305 Main Street, between 13th and 14th / ...
In the upper left corner:
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL / DEALER IN / Drugs, Medicines, / CHEMICALS, / One-Stuffs, Paints, / Oils, Varnishes, &c. / A full assortment of / PATENT MEDICINES / Fancy and Toilet Articles. / Special attention given to / filling Country Orders
The receipt seems to be full of raw material items, so it's possible that the purchaser was another druggist.
powers_03 This is an 1876 receipt from R.W. Powers & Co. Here's a transcription of some of it:
Richmond, VA., Aug 12 1876 / Mr. E. J. Pirice / ROB't W. POWERS / EDGAR D. TAYLOR / News Ferry / Bought of R.W. POWERS & CO., / DRUGGISTS, / No. 1305 Main Street, between 13th and 14th, / TERMS: 60 days; 2 per cent. off if paid in 30 days.
In the upper left corner:
PROPRIETORS OF / Arom. Peruvian Bitters, / COMPOUND SYRUP OF / TOLU & WILD CHERRY, / HASTING'S / HORSE POWDERS, / AGENTS FOR / SHARP & DOHME'S / PREPARATIONS, / -AND- / BULLOCK & CRENSHAW'S / Sugar-Coated Pills. / ---:o:--- / Special attention given to filling / Country Orders
powers_04 This is an 1877 receipt from R.W. Powers & Co. Here's a transcription of some of it:
Richmond, VA., July 28th 1877 / Mr. E. J. Purce / ROB't W. POWERS / EDGAR D. TAYLOR / News Ferry / Bought of R.W. POWERS & CO., / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS, / Office, No. 1305 Main Street, between 13th and 14th, / WAREROOMS - Nos. 9 and 11, 13th Street. / TERMS: 60 days
In the upper left corner:
PROPRIETORS OF / Arom. Peruvian Bitters, / COMPOUND SYRUP OF / TOLU & WILD CHERRY, / HASTING'S / HORSE POWDERS, / AGENTS FOR / SHARP & DOHME'S / PREPARATIONS, / -AND- / BULLOCK & CRENSHAW'S / Sugar-Coated Pills. / ---o--- / Special attention given to filling / Country Orders
powers_14 This is another 1877 receipt from R.W. Powers & Co. Here's a transcription of some of it:
R.W.POWERS         E.D.TAYLOR / OFFICE OF / R.W. Powers & Co., / WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS / No. 1315 MAIN ST., AND 9 AND 11 THIRTEENTH ST., / Richmond, Sept 24 1877 / Mr. C.A. Stratton / Dear Sir, ... / Very Truly / R.W.Powers & Co
powers_11 This is a 1911 receipt from the Powers-Taylor Drug Co. Here's a transcription of some of it:
EDGAR D. TAYLOR, PRESIDENT ROBT. LEE POWERS, VICE PRESIDENT P.H. POWERS, SEC'Y & TREAS. / ESTABLISHED 1860 / INCOPORATED 1890 / POWERS-TAYLOR DRUG CO. / Successors to and Purchasers of Stock, Good Will and Records / of the Old Established Firm of PURCELL, LADD & CO. / ... 1305 Main Street and 9, 11 and 13 S. 13th Street / Richmond, VA., April 7, 1911 ...
powers_16 This is a 1912 receipt from the Powers-Taylor Drug Co. Here's a transcription of some of it:
EDGAR D. TAYLOR, PRESIDENT ROBT. LEE POWERS, VICE PRESIDENT P.H. POWERS, SEC'Y & TREAS. / ESTABLISHED 1860 / INCOPORATED 1890 / POWERS-TAYLOR DRUG CO. / Successors to and Purchasers of Stock, Good Will and Records / of the Old Established Firm of PURCELL, LADD & CO. / ... 1305 Main Street and 9, 11 and 13 S. 13th Street / Richmond, VA., Jan 22nd, 1912 / ... Sold to J L Clark & Bro.? / Dover Mines Va / ...
The items bought seemed to be quantities of various chemicals, so I suspect that the purchaser was the owner of a drug store.
powers_12 This is a 1915 receipt from the Powers-Taylor Drug Co. Here's a transcription of some of it:
EDGAR D. TAYLOR, President ROBT. LEE POWERS, Vice President P.H. POWERS, Sec'y & Treas. / ... / POWERS-TAYLOR DRUG CO. / ESTABLISHED 1860 / INCOPORATED 1890 / WHOLESALE / DRUGGISTS / IMPORTERS & JOBBERS / DRUGGISTS' SUNDRIES & FANCY GOODS / AGENTS FOR BUFFALO LITHIA SPRING WATER AND OTHER MINERAL & VIRGINIA SPRING WATER / WALRUS SODA FOUNTAINS MARX & RAWOLLES GLYCERIN A FULL LINE OF ELI LILLY & CO'S PHARMACEUTICALS / 9-11-13-15-17 SOUTH 13TH ST RICHMOND, VA. JAN 22 1915 / Sold To C C VAUGHAN / CUMNOR VA ...




1 Book: "Bottled in Richmond 1811-1930", by Vernon Grant
2 The Practical Druggist, March 1912 Volume 30 number 3, page 48




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