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Pro-Brush Image Collection

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DGI/MM
Date: 2006

Biographical History

The A. P Critchlow Company in Florence, Massachusetts, which made buttons, daguerreotype cases and picture frames, evolved into the Florence Manufacturing Company by 1866. Their premier product, the Pro-phy-lactic toothbrush, occasioned a change in name to the Prophylactic Brush Company. In 1931, it was bought out by the Lambert Company. The Lambert Company merged with Warner-Hudnite Company in 1932 to become Warner-Lambert Prophylactic Division of Standard Oil of Ohio. The abbreviation of "Pro-Brush" was adopted.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Pro-Brush Image Collection contains 1406 slides of machinery and plastic products of the Pro-Brush company, and 45 color transparencies and 20 fading Polaroid snapshots of models posing with Pro-Brush products.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous holdings in the areas of plastics and industrial design. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Prophylactic Brush Company.
Warner-Lambert Company -- Archives.


Plastics industry and trade.
Plastics machinery.

Genres and Forms

Promotional materials.
Slides (photographs)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Pro-Brush Image Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from National Plastics Center and Museum, 11/06/2008.

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