S.S. Stafford Inks

Old Ink Bottle Companies & Their History

Samuel S. Stafford 54 Williams St. NY 1856. In 1860 he was at 11 Cedar St. listing himself as an agent for Bryan & Wilcox Writing Fluid. In 1864 he advertised, "Ask your stationer for Conger & Fields Writing Fluid, warranted better than any other ink. S. S. Stafford, chemist, manufacturer 11 Cedar St. New York."

The New York Times ran his obituary Feb. 16, 1895

Dr. Samuel S. Stafford,

"Dr. Samuel Spencer Stafford •died at his home, 13 West Seventy-third Street, yester day afternoon. He was born in Albany Nov. 13, 1825.

He was a graduate of Union College, and also of the Albany Medical College, but he did not practice medicine. When Dr. Stafford received his medical diploma, in 1843, the California gold fever was at its height, and Dr. Stafford went to San Francisco, where he remained until 1854. In that year he returned to New-York, and four years later he engaged in the manufacture of ink. "

Stafford did not begin making ink under his own name until 1869. By 1874 he was at the top of his game. The firm was extremely successful and many collectible bottles from the Stafford Company are known.  His son, who also worked for the company died in 1899 only four years after his father had passed away.

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