Charles M. Higgins & Co.

Old Ink Bottle Companies & Their History

Charles M. Higgins began his ink business about 1880. His first ink was Higgin's India ink. By 1888, prominent periodicals such as Harper's Weekly, were being drawn using Higgin's Liquid India Ink. His initial success was in the Art World, where various publications recommended his drawing and waterproof inks, became his niche in the crowded business of making ink. He began using famous artist testimonials to promote his drawing products.

His success allowed him to advertise widely as he expanded his line of products to include laundry Ink, Higgins Indelible Ink and a vegetable mucilage, not a starch or flour based products like other companies wee making but a new chemical discovery. Patent registrations flowed like his ink beginning in the 1880s and continued into the 20th century. Higgins, born in Ireland, came to American as a child and settled in Brooklyn, New York where he set up business. In the 1890s he moved his headquarters to 8th street to a multi-story mansion built in 1852.  Charles M. Higgins & Co. was located at 168-172 Eighth st., Brooklyn. By the turn of the century, he has offices in New York, Chicago and London with his products selling world-wide. Chas. M. Higgins died in 1929 and his son Tracy took command.

Higgin's Patent 471003 Higgin's Patent 571367 Higgin's Patent 607993 Higgin's Patent 624934

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