Diamond Ink Company

Old Ink Bottle Companies & Their History

August Nicholas Ritz, president and founder of the Diamond Ink Company of Milwaukee, was born in Germany in 1853. He grew up in Rochester, New York where he attended school and began his working career in a local drug store, which he and Charles simonds later purchased. Like many a young man of the day, he head West to make his fortune, first in the Wholesale Drug business and finally in the Diamond Ink company established in 1875.

Under Ritz's competent management, the company became a world-wide concern selling million of bottles per year by the turn of the century.  For bottle collectors, this means that Diamond ink bottles are plentiful and come in a great variety. supposedly, the Diamond Ink company was the first to put up ink in square bottles. Another innovation of Mr. Ritz's was to put out an annual catalog. [Adapted from History of Milwaukee County and City by William George Bruce]

 

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